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Khao Tom Mat – Sticky Rice and Banana

Khao tom mat is a Thai street food made of sweet sticky rice cakes filled with banana, black beans and then steamed in banana leaf parcels. Eaten both as a sweet snack or as a meal in itself, the parcels are often given to monks as food offerings at the beginning of Buddhist lent (Khao Phansa).

Khao Tom Mat - Sticky Rice and Banana
Khao tom mat is a Thai street food made of sweet sticky rice cakes filled with banana, black beans and then steamed in banana leaf parcels. Eaten both as a sweet snack or as a meal in itself, the parcels are often given to monks as food offerings at the beginning of Buddhist lent (Khao Phansa).
Ingredients
  • 1⅔ cups sweet (glutinous) rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup dried black beans
  • 2 medium bananas, halved
  • several pieces banana leaf or aluminium foil
Instructions
  1. Soak the rice in water overnight and then drain. Soak the black beans overnight, drain and then boil until soft (about 15 minutes).
  2. Combine the coconut cream, sugar and salt in a separate bowl and stir well until the ingredients are mixed.
  3. Put all of the drained rice in a heavy-based pot on low heat.
  4. Slowly add the coconut cream mixture a ¼ cup at a time, all the while stirring with a wooden spoon.
  5. Keep stirring over the same heat until the rice is tender and the coconut milk is absorbed. This will take about 45 minutes to 50 minutes.
  6. Make sure the rice has absorbed all of the coconut milk and then let it cool.
  7. Time to steam. Place about 1 tablespoon of sticky rice on a rectangular piece of banana leaf or foil (about 12cm x 9cm).
  8. Press a few black beans into the rice. Place a piece of banana on and then cover with more rice.
  9. Fold up the leaf or foil and then and tie securely with string. Repeat the process until all the parcels are ready for steaming.
  10. Steam for 10-15 minutes, in either a bamboo steamer or a conventional steamer and then allow to cool.

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