Thai Dessert Recipe: Bua Loy (Rice Dumplings in Coconut Milk)


Prepare Ingredients to cook filling:
2 cups of steamed mung bean
250 ML of scent of candle coconut milk (use regular one if you can’t find this)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. palm sugar


Prepare the flour to make Bua Loy balls:

[Yellow Bua Loy Balls]
1 cup glutinous rice flour
2 pieces of steamed pumpkin
some hot water

[Purple Bua Loy Balls]
1 cup hot concentrated purple cabbage juiceΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β  (Slice then boil it with 1 cup of water to get the blue color out of it)
1 cup of glutinous rice flour

[Green Bua Loy Balls]
5 pandanus leaves (Slice then boil it with 1 cup of water to get the green color out of it)
1 cup of glutinous rice flour


Ingredients to prepare the coconut milk:

250 ml regular coconut milk
1 tbsp. palm sugar
1/4 tsp. salt


Cooking Instructions:
1. Take ingredients from Part One. Add mung bean into a hot pan use low heat. Pour scent of candle coconut milk just a little, don’t pour all of it. This is to make the mung bean turn soft and thick like a mash potato. So, adding little by little and keep stirring are the key. Now change the heat to medium, add palm sugar and salt, then keep stiring.

Keep doing this until the mung bean is look like a mash potato.

Now let’s call it mashed mung bean. (^_^) As you can see from the photo, it is not too soft and not to thick to make it into a small ball right?? Can you prepare small mung bean balls as in the next photo?

Anybody who doesn’t like the mung bean or too lazy to make it, just skip this step. πŸ™‚

2. Now, mix the ingredients from Part Two. Start with yellow Bua Loy. Here, you only have to add very small amount of water because the pumpkin is juicy by itself. Knead the flour very well until it get soft. Last, cover it with wet white cloth for 10-15 minutes.

Next, purple Bua Loy, mix concentrated purple cabbage juice with glutenious rice flour. Add the juice little by little. Then, do the same as what we did with the yellow Bua Loy.

The green Bua Loy is also applied with the same cooking instructions.

3. After leaving the flour to raise for 10-15 minutes, make a small ball of your thumb size. Then flatten it. Add mung bean ball in the middle and wrap the flour around it. Now, do this until you finish either the mung bean balls or the flour.

4. Leave those Bua Loy with mung bean filling aside and let’s do the sweet coconut juice from the ingredients in Part Three. Heat up the coconut milk with low heat then add palm sugar and salt. Now Keep stirring until the sugar melt and the coconut milk is boiling. Then, turn off the fire and remove it from the stove.

5. Boil the Bua Loy balls in boiling water. Watch… the balls were first sink into the bottom of the pot. When it’s done, the Bua Loy balls will float to the top. As soon as it does that, remove it quickly and dump it in to the sweet coconut juice we made from step 4.

6. Serve when the dessert is cool off. πŸ™‚

It took me 2 hours to make all of this for one dessert! πŸ™‚ To have the picture in your mind of how to make this Thai dessert Recipe, here’s my video on Youtube.

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