Gra ya sart (Thai sweet rice with peanut and sesame)
1 cup steamed rice (sticky rice or jasmine rice)
(Optional = Crisp rice or Roasted Oatmeal)
1 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup roasted peanut
1/4 cup roasted sesame
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/8 cup Glucose Syrup
1. Spread steamed rice on a tray. Leave it dry with the sunshine outside or just leave it in the house.
2. Roast dry rice in a pan. Wait until it is crisp and turn a little brown then remove from the pan. To skip this step you can get crisp rice in a box. 🙂 Any brand will be fine.
3. Next, keep crisp rice roasted peanut and roasted sesame in closed container. Light the candle and place it on ceramic cup first and then close the container. The smoke from candle will make it smell nicer when you eat. Leave it there for half day or one night. (You can skip this step, if you are too lazy. :p)
4. Now, heat the pan on low fire. Add coconut milk and palm sugar. Stir until it gets thick. Add coconut cream and stir again until it gets thick.
5. After that, add Glucose Syrup.
6. Add crisp rice, roasted peanut and roasted sesame. Mix well. Use low heat all the time. This step will be a little bit hard but don’t worry you can build up your arm muscle. 🙂
7. You shouldn’t let it get too dry because after it cool off, the dessert will be very hard and it could break your tooth. :p
8. Remove from the stove and put them in a tray. Cut to small shapes. You can pack it in plastic bag and we can store it for next couple days.
This is one of my husband’s favorite Thai desserts.
Thai sweet rice is originally made as holy rice to offer to the monks on the end of October. (Usually rice from the first harvest)
For this occasion, we believe that anything we offer to the monks will get to our pass away relatives and they will be able to receive it.
We, Thai people, would pack the dessert in banana leaves and give to the monks at the temple. 🙂
\(^_^)/ Enjoy eating!