Rice dumplings with palm sugar

Preparation info

  • Makes 20 dumplings (serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in

Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Published 2019

  • About

Pandan paste, a natural extract from the leaves, stains these chewy little dumplings an unlikely shade of green and gives a soft fragrance to the rice flour. There is a surprise waiting inside - as you bite in, a pool of molten palm sugar is released.


  • 200 g (7 oz) glutinous rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon pandan paste (optional


Tip the rice flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in 180 ml (¾ cup) water and the pandan paste. Use a spoon to bring everything together, then knead to a smooth, pliable and beautifu