by Lisa K. on Tue, August 14, 2018

We are almost halfway through our #MakanMuhibah food celebration. This time we are on the sweet side. Pulut Tai Tai a classic Baba Nyonya dessert that is essentially sticky glutinous rice served with Kaya. Simple yet elegant. If Kuih-making is not your forte, then this is a good starter recipe for you to try out!

A true Baba Nyonya delicacy.

Serves 8 - 10 people

Please note that preparation timings includes the 4 hours soaking period.

Use pulut susu from Thailand for softer rice.

Foodster's Verdict



  • Preparation
    4hour 20minutes
  • Total
    5hour 50minutes
    30 bunga telang (butterfly pea flower)
    3 tbsp. hot water

    200ml thin coconut milk
    1 tsp. salt
    600g glutinous rice, washed and soaked for 4 hours
    2 pandan leaves
    400ml thick coconut milk

    Banana leaf, wiped clean
    A little oil
    Good quality Kaya

1. Soak bunga telang in hot water for 15 minutes. Set aside.

Hot water makes it easier to extract the blue dye

2. Stir salt into thin coconut milk and pour into drained rice.

Salt brings out the rich creamy coconut flavours

3. Place pandan leaves on top and steam for 20 minutes on high flames.

Don't knot pandan leaves. Rice grains will get stuck in the knots and it will not cook perperly

4. Remove from steamer and add in thick coconut milk. Stir to mix well.

Stir to incorporate well

5. Strain in blue liquid to ½ of the steamed rice. Steam again for 10 minutes.

Pour it on one side of the rice.

6. Line a 7” or 8 inch pan with an oiled piece of banana leaf.

You can use parchment paper if you don't have banana leaves.

7. Spoon over cooked rice, alternating blue and white rice. Press it down to level it.

Mix up the rice so when you slice it up, you get a combination of blue and white rice.

8. Cover rice with another piece of oiled banana leaf and place a flat heavy object to compress it down.

Let it cool completely so the shape will hold while cutting.

9. Cut in small portions and serve with Kaya.

Pairs well with hot tea or coffee.