Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Putu Mayang

Putu mayang, as it is called in Central Java, is called Petulo in East Java. It is one of Javanese traditional desserts. Made of steamed rice flour mixed with hot water and shaped like teenie tiny noodle. What makes it special is the sweet sauce made of coconut milk with brown sugar/gula jawa/gula melaka.
So the plain taste yet enchanting shape of putu mayang combined with the sweet sauce, they're just perfect for my cup of tea pairing.
It takes an hour to steam the glutionous flour, and after the dough is shaped, it will take around 20 mins to get them done. But I have to go several batches because the steaming pan couldn't fit them all in once. I don't really like that part though, so time consuming and full of hassle.
I remember one time when I made putu mayang late at night while watching the-oh-so-fine Wentworth Miller and his con buddies escaping from jail in Prison Break series. I guess I must thank him for making that particular late-at-night-putu mayang-making- bearable.
Now I dont know who or which is yummier, Wentworth or my putu mayang :)).
But one thing for sure, the next episode of Prison Break, I'd rather sitting in the couch with hubby,eating brownie (or two) with a cup of coffee.
Don't be discouraged with my writing though. If you are an Indonesian dessert lover, you should try this one. The outcome worth all the hassle.
Putu Mayang aka Petulo
What you need:
For putu mayang:
250 gr rice flour
550 ml boiling water
1-2 tsp salt
red and green food dyes
For the coconut milk sauce:
500 ml coconut milk from 1 coconut
200 gr brown sugar, finely sliced
1/4 tsp salt
2 pandan leaves
Line basket for steaming with a clean napkin, put in the dry rice flour, steam about 1 hour.
Put the rice flour in a bowl. Pour boiling water on the rice flour, add salt and stir well.
Allow to cool, then knead to a fine texture. Divide the dough into 3 parts to be dyed red, green, and one third to remain white.
Put the dough in putu mayang mould and press into the desired form. Steam about 25 mins till done. Serve with coconut milk sauce.
Coconut milk sauce:
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil, stirring constantly.


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