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Kelepon – Project 365: Day 130

Kelepon Indonesian DessertKelepon is an Indonesian dessert made primarily of rice flour.  They are basially sweet coconut rice balls.  Here is how you can make them:


1½ cups glutinous rice flour
¾ cup lukewarm water
2-3 drops pandan flavor
8 teaspoons palm sugar (grated) or you can use brown sugar
1 cup fresh coconut (grated); you can also use dried coconut

Mix the glutinous rice powder with the water and add the pandan flavor and knead into a firm but flexible dough.
Take one full teaspoon of the dough and shape it into a ball approximately 1-inch in diameter.
Push a finger into the center of the ball to make a hole, and put in approximately ½ tsp. of the palm sugar. Seal, and roll it back into the ball shape with the palms of your hands. Prepare all the balls and set them aside.

Prepare a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
Carefully drop the balls into the boiling water and remove with a spoon once they float to the surface.  Roll the balls in the grated coconut.

Let cool and enjoy!

To get this photo I staged the kelepon on a large stainless spoon.  I used two flashes: one was pointed at the background which in this case was a white wall.  I set this one on 1/2 power.  The other flash was in a Lumiquest Lightbox III and set at 1/32 power.  With my camera on a tripod I hand held the spoon and focused the camera with a wireless remote.  The next time I take a shot like this I plan on rigging a clamp so that I don’t have to hand hold the spoon.  It was just too difficult to try and focus and hold the spoon.

Canon 5DII | Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 | f/11 @ 75mm | 1/125th sec. | ISO 100

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