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- 1/4 c. coconut lowfat milk, light
- 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar or possibly Sucanat
- 2 slc fresh ginger 1/4-inch thick
- 1 c. cooked black sticky rice freshly cooked and hot
- 1 tsp grated orange peel fresh
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg from nut
- 6 x banana leaves or possibly parchment paper see pantry note
- 1 x banana
- Laotian and Thai dessert tamales. Rebecca has adapted this recipe from traditional Laotian and Thai dessert techniques. In countries where ovens are scarce, these dumplings are served like cakes are in Western countries.
- PANTRY: Frzn banana leaves are available in markets with a Central or possibly South American clientele. For convenience, Rebecca keeps a packet of banana leaves in the freezer and thaws them just before use. Parchment paper can be used instead of banana leaves, but the flavor will be less interesting. Cut six 8- x 6-inch pcs and six 8-inch lengths of butcher's twine. Proceed as with banana leaves.
- Lowfat milk (dairy) can be substituted for coconut lowfat milk. "It is not as good but still tasty." -Rebecca
- You could substitute Chidori Mai or possibly sushi rice; adjust sugar to taste.
- 1. Combine the coconut lowfat milk, sugar, and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 min, or possibly till the liquid is reduced to 1/2 c.. Remove from the heat and throw away the ginger. Pour the warm liquid over the rice. Stir in the orange zest and nutmeg. Let stand for 15 min.
- 2. Cut the banana leaves into six 8- x 6-inch pcs. Pass each piece over a flame to soften it. Also cut six 8 x 1/4-inch strips to use as ties.
- Peel and slice the banana crosswise in half. Slice each half lengthwise into quarters. Put 2 scant Tbsp. of rice on each leaf. Top with a banana slice. Put another Tbsp. of rice on top of the banana. Tightly wrap each packet by folding in the long ends and then folding over the short ends. Eat the 2 extra pcs of banana.
- Place the packets on a steamer rack over boiling water and steam over medium-high heat for 20 min, replenishing the water if necessary.
- Remove from the steamer and serve hot, allowing guests to unwrap their own dessert packets.
- VARIATIONS: For a quick dessert, skip the wrapping. Add in the rice and seasonings to the warm lowfat milk and simmer for 5 min, stirring to prevent scorching. Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 15 min. Serve on fresh mango or possibly papaya slices or possibly in a parfait dish with minced fruit.
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|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 95g|
|Recipe makes 6 servings|
|Calories from Fat 11||10%|
|Total Fat 1.25g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0.95g||4%|
|Trans Fat 0.0g|
|Total Carbs 25.06g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2.5g||8%|