Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 stalks lemongrass , chopped

  2. 4 shallots , peeled and chopped

  3. 3 cloves garlic , peeled and chopped

  4. 5 cm galangal , peeled and chopped

  5. 2 red chillies , chopped

  6. 1 tsp turmeric

  7. 1 tbsp ground coriander

  8. 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  9. 300 g chicken breasts , finely cubed

  10. 200 g coconut milk

  11. 4 lime leaves

  12. 2 tbsp fish sauce

  13. black pepper

  14. 300 g glutinous rice

  15. 200 ml water

  16. 100 g coconut milk

  17. 2 pandan (screwpine) leaves

  18. 1 tsp salt

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Using a food processor or a pestle and mortar, grind together the lemon grass, shallots, garlic, galangal, chillies, ground coriander and turmeric powder into a fine paste.

  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the lemon grass paste and fry, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the chicken and mix well.

  4. Pour in the coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce and season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

  5. Cook, stirring now and then, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from direct heat and set aside, removing the kaffir lime leaves.

  6. Meanwhile, rinse the rice to wash out the excess starch. Place the rice in a heavy-based, non-stick saucepan.

  7. Add the water, coconut milk, pandan leaves and salt. Cook the mixture until the liquid is reduced and then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

  8. Cut a washed banana leaf into eight 4cm x 4cm squares.

  9. Place a portion of rice in the centre of each banana leaf, spreading it over the leaf.

  10. . Top the rice with some of the cooked chicken. Roll up the banana leaf over the filling, forming a neat parcel, and secure with a cocktail stick on either side of the filling.

  11. . Repeat the process making eight banana leaf parcels in all.

  12. . Grill the parcels on a barbecue until charred on both sides. Serve at once.


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