How to use pandan leaves to cook Malay Cuisine

Pandan leave has multiple usage in the Malay cuisine.

It can be used to cook rice and sweet porridge like Bubur Pulut Hitam and Bubur Kacang Hijau.

Besides that, it also can act as natural food colouring, a brush and natural fragrance to cooking.

Cooking rice with pandan

Nasi lemak is one of the great example of cooking rice with pandan.

The pandan leaves give a good aroma to the rice while maintaining the white colour of rice. 

One of the question is when to put pandan leaves when cook rice?

At beginning of cooking, put pandan leaves all at once in the pot with rice.

The longer the pandan leaves in the rice while cooking, the more fragrance comes from it.

Not only nasi lemak but other types of rice produce  better aroma with pandan leaves such as Nasi Minyak and Nasi Briyani

Natural colouring in food

Sometimes other than putting the pandan leaves in the nasi lemak, I put pandan juice in it.

Pandan Rice
Pandan Rice
Pandan rice cook with pandan juice.

The pandan juice produce a beautiful green colour of the cooked rice with a good taste and fragrance smell.

This fragrance aroma may raise our appetite to eat. 

Malay kuih also use pandan juice for natural food colouring such as Kuih Seri Muka and Puteri Ayu.

The kuih is tasty and has a nice fragrance. 

How to make pandan juice

  • 3 pandan leaves 
  • 125 ml mineral water 

Cut the pandan leaves using scissors into pieces.

Add in water and blend it using a food processor until it becomes fine. 

Strain the mixture to remove the fine leaves.

Remove the pandan waste and take only the juice.

Pandan juice is ready. 

Pandan Juice From Pandan Leaves
Natural Green Colour
The pandan juice that I make to cook pandan rice.

How to make pandan brush

Take two pandan leaves and place it on top of one another.

Then, using scissors, cut the pointed end of the leaves giving you only a straight shaped leaves.

These straight shaped leaves is then cut into three with each length approximately 10 cm.

Use twist band to tie at the end of leaves and cut a bit at the other end to make it look like a brush.

This pandan brush can be used to grease the pan using cooking oil for cooking Kuih Cara and grill satay.

Pandan Brush Using Pandan Leaves
Pandan Brush
Tie the cut pandan leaf with rubber band at one end. At the other end, cut just a little using scissors to make it look like a brush.

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