Kue Nagasari is rice flour and coconut milk batter with slices of banana are wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed, are favorites among many locals.
I can’t make Indonesian food without making this kue nagasari. It is one of my favorite snacks as a kid. My mom made these so often. One of the things I did whenever I came back from school was to open up the fridge to see what I can snack on. I often found kue nagasari there. At our house, we call it pisang kue (loosely translated as banana cake) or sometimes my mom will call it hun kwe because she usually made it with the hun kwe flour.
Hun kwe is typically made of mung bean flour. I don’t have any in stock and so I just use rice flour and tapioca flour instead. Nagasari has that pudding like texture or what my daughter describes it as soft and “Jiggly”. Though it’s not as jiggly as jello 😉 It is soft and somewhat bouncy.
Kue Nagasari (Indonesian Rice Flour Cake with Banana)
- 1 large ripe banana
- 100 gr rice flour
- 40 gr tapioca flour
- 500 ml coconut milk divided
- 60 gr sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Banana leaves for wrapping
Peel the banana and slice about 1/2-inch thickness at an angle. Set aside.
Some banana leaves are thick and rigid, you may need to boil it briefly in a hot water for 1 minute or so until it's soft and pliable. It they are manageable without boiling, just wipe it clean with damp cloth on both sides
Place the rice flour, tapioca flour, and 300 ml of coconut milk in a mixing bowl and whisk until no lumps
In a medium sauce pan, add the rest of the coconut milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture come to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat. Stir this mixture into the rice flour mixture and continue to stir until batter is smooth. The batter should be thick but still spreadable. Set aside to cool down a little bit
Get your steamer ready by bringing water to a boil. Cut out about 6 x 6 inch square of banana leaves. Spread about 2 Tbsp of the batter in the middle of the leaves. Place one slice or two of bananas on top and fold the two sides up continue with folding the other two sides down, as if you are wrapping a parcel. Steam the nagasari for about 20 minutes. This cake can be served warm or chilled
They can be served warm or chilled. I like mine chilled 🙂
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