Glutinous Rice Cakes

This Glutinous Rice Cakes is another recipe from the Malaysian recipe book Ben gave me as a “present”. It is called Pulut Tatal in Malay. It is the photo of this recipe on the cover of the book. The picture on the recipe looked much more enticing. This one did not turn out the way I wanted it.

The Glutinous Rice Cakes is slightly chewy and its tinge of saltiness goes very well with the kaya (egg/coconut custard). You can find kaya in many Chinese groceries stores in Greater Vancouver like T&T, Smart and Save, Big Crazy, etc.


It is supposed to have a consistent light bluish patches. For this one, the blues did not dissolve the way it should be. I am a bit disappointed at how it looked.


  • 500g glutinous rice
  • 1 can coconut milk (398ml)
  • 3 screwpine leaves (pandan), knotted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • sufficient blue food colouring

Click on the below for the instructions.


_MG_0628_edited-1Soak the glutinous rice for 6 hours and drain.
_MG_0629_edited-1Put the rice, coconut milk, salt and screwpine leaves in a tray and steam over high heat for 45 minutes or until cooked. I found that the rice on top of the tray is slightly dry and uncooked. So, do fluff the rice once in a while so that the cooking is more even. Add a bit more of water if necessary. Also checked the steaming water and dont let it dries out, add more water if necessary.
_MG_0630_edited-1Line a square pan with a piece of banana leaf.
_MG_0631_edited-1Add two drops of blue colouring to 1/3 of the cooked glutinous rice. Add more if you like the cake to be more blue.

Mix well the colouring into the rice.

_MG_0636_edited-1Add the remaining rice and mix gently to obtain the mixed white and blue glutinous rice.

Spoon the rice into the square pan lined with banana leaf. Press, level and cover with a cellophane sheet.

_MG_0639_edited-1Place heavy objects on top and set aside until cold and firm.

Remove, cut into pieces and serve with kaya.


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  1. Rasa Malaysia

    OMG, pulut tai tai. When I was growing up with my late grandmother, she would plant this blue flowers in the front yard that I would “harvest” for her, dry the flowers under the sun, and she would use it for Pulut Tai Tai. Sadly, nowadays, blue coloring is the way to go.

  2. Chubbypanda

    Hey Suanne,

    They look really cute. I bet your boys loved them.


    You’ve been tagged for my Save Our Faves 2007 food blogger meme. Check out my post for the meme here. Hope you can join the fun. =)

  3. Johnny Ong

    I can vouch that this is absolutely good as it’s my favourite too. I missed it so much (saliva drooling while typing this comment)

  4. Priscilla Neo

    Please advise me where I can find panda leaves (screwpine leaves) in Vancouver? I need it for baking and cooking food that we missed from home.

    We are from Singapore, currently study here.

  5. Suanne

    Hi Priscilla,

    I got my supply of pandan leaves from Great One Supermarket at Park Road (across Richmond Centre). This store has a section on Philipines goods. Perhaps, you can try to find it at Filipino stores in Vancouver.

  6. Nancie

    Hi Suanne, i really love this kuih very much. i will make it one day as i am not free until mid June. thanks for the recipe.

  7. Sandra

    Has any tried at T & T? I know Phillipino stores would be the best bet to find screwpine/pandan/romblon. Can someone confirm if T & T has them?

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