Kelepon – Project 365: Day 130

by matt on June 30, 2010

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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