This recipe is adapted from the Star Kuali website. Great with rendang and curries.
500g glutinous rice
3-4 pieces dried tamarind pieces (asam gelugor)
1 tbsp turmeric powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp white peppercorns (I used black peppercorns)
2 pandan leaves – cut into 6 equal lengths and I used this to line the steamer, allowing some vents to be visible
1 can coconut cream
Salt to taste
Wash and soak rice in water (just enough to cover the rice) mixed with turmeric powder, dried tamarind pieces and salt overnight or at least for four to five hours.
Drain well and place the rice in a steamer with the peppercorns and pandan leaves and steam for 15 minutes.
Remove the rice from the steamer and add 1/3 of the thick coconut milk to the rice. Mix well then steam for 15 minutes. Fluff up the rice then add another 1/3 of thick coconut milk; steam for 15 minutes again. Remove from heat and fluff up rice.
Add salt to the last 1/3 portion of the coconut milk. Stir well to mix then add to the rice. Steam for five minutes then remove rice from steamer and set aside to cool before serving with rendang or curries.