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Recipe Spotlight: Green Rice Cake

A Dessert With Leafy Greens

Ok… maybe that’s a liiiiiiiittle bit of a stretch. This dessert does use pandan leaves to get its green coloring, but that’s about as healthy as it gets. In any case, these green balls of goodness are a traditional Indonesian delicacy that I can’t get enough of. Made from sticky rice flour, smokey palm sugar, and dusted with coconut flakes, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit!


  • 50 gr pandan leaves
  • 100 gr grated coconut
  • 100 gr glutinous rice flour
  • 50 gr palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50 gr sugar


  • In a medium sized bowl, grind the pandan leaves with a few tablespoons of water to make a green water paste
  • Mix the pandan paste, sugar, salt and rice flour together to create your dough
  • Create a small (1 inch) ball in your hands with the dough. Make a hole in the middle of the dough ball with your fingers and fill the hole with a pinch full of palm sugar. Then pinch the hole closed
  • Drop the dough balls into a pot of boiling water and cook them until they float to the top of the pot
  • Pour your grated coconut into a flat bowl. Once the dough balls have slightly cooled, dip them into the coconut gratings to fully cover.
  • Plate and serve warm!

And if you ever find yourself in beautiful Bali, make sure to stop by the Tugu Hotel for their fabulous cooking class! They’re expert chef will teach you how to make these in a traditional, balinese style.

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