Using unpolished black glutinous rice instead of whole grain white glutinous rice makes this dessert more interesting due to its colour. Once cooked, it is rather purplish black, thus adding a mysterious feel to it. Due to its colour and your guests' unfamiliarity with black glutinous rice, be prepared for a fun conversation while enjoying this delightful dessert.
In this recipe, I combined the usage of both the palm sugar and rock sugar. Both types of sugar are milder in sweetness compared to caster sugar. Nevertheless, it may also be used in this recipe. The usage of the combination of the palm and rock sugar makes this dessert less sweet. It has a very light undertone of sweetness due to the rock sugar. The light nutty sweetness is contributed by the palm sugar.
While we are on the topic of palm sugar, try to get your hands on the Malaysian palm sugar which is much darker. Thai palm sugar which is lighter in colour is less intense in flavour.
I would normally serve this dessert chilled. My guests were definitely intrigued especially when it was served together with Vanilla ice-cream with coconut milk drizzled on it.
Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk is also known as: Pulut HitamBlack Rice DessertBubur Ketan Hitam黑糯米
Soak black glutinous rice for at least 5 hours. Boil water with black glutinous rice at high heat. Add pandan leaves. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes until the black glutinous rice puffs up.
Add rock sugar and palm sugar to sweeten the dessert. White sugar may be added, if necessary. Optionally, prepare 1 teaspoon of corn flour with water and add into pot to thicken the dessert. Serve warm or chilled with a drizzle of coconut milk.