Jan 25, 2011

Down the Memory Lane : Sweet Banana Porridge

Do you have any favorite childhood food that you still love until today? Food that you can recount your memories with it? Perhaps you have cuz I surely do have my own favorite. 

I love banana and almost anything that goes with it. And I have love this dish since forever...By making it myself is more pleasurable. It always stirs back sweet memories from my childhood... *dreamy sigh*

Okay, back to real world. The recipe that I want to share is very dear to me. I think it has been in my family for a very long time. It involves banana, dumpling, coconut milk and pandan leaves. This combination can't be more perfect. So, here it is. The most cherished and loved dessert in my family... ^_^

Sweet Banana Porridge with Chewy Dumplings (Bubur Gunting bersama Pisang ^_^):
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • water *just enough to make a firm dough*
  • 3 medium size bananas *halved and sliced into 1/2 cm thickness*
  • 1/3 cup firm-packed palm sugar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups water *or enough to cover the dumplings*
  • 2 Pandan leaves
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. To make dumplings: combine both flour and salt, then add water a little at a time. Stir with your hand. then knead until the flour come together forming a firm dough. *You don't want a soft dough because it will stick together when we are doing the next step*. Left the dough in a bowl and cover with a plate/cloth/whatever-you-have-handy and let rest for 20 minutes
  2. After 20 minutes, filled a medium pot half with water and set to boil. Uncovered the dough and divide into two parts. Take one small dough and flattened it with your palm until it becomes about 1/2 cm in thickness, dust with more flour if the dough becomes sticky. 
  3. Using a pair of scissors and dipped it in flour, starts cutting the flattened dough into 1 inch length strips. Continue with the other dough. When the water is boiling, carefully dump the strips into the pot and stir a bit so they won't stick. Let the dough strips cooked through. The dumplings are cooked through when they are floating at the surface. Pour the content in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  4. Making the sweet porridge: Using the same pot which previously rinsed through, put in both sugars and 2 cups of water. Turn on the stove into low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugars diluted. When the liquid almost come to boiling, pour in the cooked dumplings along with pandan leaves. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  5.  Add in the coconut milk, sliced bananas and salt. Stir and let it cooked over low heat for 5 minutes. Don't let it come to boil. Turn off the heat and ready to serve...deliciousness in a bowl! ;) 

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