You'll want to make and eat Malaysian onde onde (or klepon, as it's known in Indonesia) again and again. They're easy and delicious. Bite into the chewy pandan and coconut balls and your mouth will be greeted with gushing sweet gula melaka. Pure eating pleasure.
Onde onde is a fun one to make with the kids. Get them involved in filling and rolling these sweet glutinous rice balls. They're cooked in boiling water as you do dumplings, then they are rolled in coconut. Simple and delicious.
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Onde Onde (klepon)
- 150 g (1½ cups) glutinous rice flour
- 250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon pandan paste/extract
- 100 g gula melaka (palm sugar) | cut into 1-2cm/½" pieces
- 60 g (¾ cup) desiccated coconut
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Mix coconut and salt together. Steam for 15 minutes or until soft and fluffy. Cover with a tea towel to keep moist while preparing klepon.
Onde Onde (klepon)
- Place flour, coconut milk, and pandan paste in a bowl. Mix until combined and then knead until the dough is soft and pliable.Keep the dough covered to prevent it from drying out.
- Take a large teaspoon portion of dough and roll it into a smooth ball.
- Make an indent into the dough ball and place a piece of gula melaka (roughly ½ teaspoon). Cover the sugar with the surrounding dough ball and seal completely. Roll dough ball in your hands to create a smooth ball filled with the gula melaka.Place the ball on a tray and cover it while making the rest of the klepon.
- Once all onde onde are formed bring a large pot of water to the boil.
- When the water is boiling add the onde onde. Allow to cook for approximately 8 minutes. They are cooked when they raise to the surface.
- Remove the balls from the pot with a slotted spoon and shake off any excess water.
- Place them in the prepared coconut and coat thoroughly.
- Serve immediately. They are best eaten warm.
The recipe's nutritional information is an approximation based on an online calculator. It is meant solely for reference purposes. If you're looking for precise details, be sure to double-check with your own research.