Friday, June 18, 2010

MUNG BEAN FRITTERS ~ KUIH KASTURI

 
Afternoon tea is history. It went out of fashion some 30 odd years ago. What a pity because that is, to me, the most fun meal. It is a dessert meal or a snack meal. It was a sit down meal. It was either cakes, fritters or simple fried noodles. Nowadays it's packaged biscuits ~ Khong Guan cream crackers, Marie Biscuits ~ all dunked in hot milk tea or Milo or commercial buns from the nearest bakery eaten 'on the go'.. No one has the time to sit down as a family to enjoy afternoon tea anymore. No family is smiling and conversing at 4 o'clock anymore.


I doubt my children have any idea that afternoon tea was an actual sit down family meal. Yes I'm guilty of it's extinction too. But I'm not alone. Tuition got in the way. Traffic got in the way. Malls got in the way. Businesses got in the way. TV got in the way. Why, afternoon tea got in the way of the British too. Life had to go on. And so it did.


It's no wonder that our tea time kuih(s) have become an all day long snack food. Tea time has disappeared. But not the hunger for the various kuih though. Besides, men get up to feed at midnight. Old fashioned mung bean fritters fill that new hunger. I don't recall my dad or brother being up at midnight hunting for food. But of course World Cup Football was never shown Live either. These bean fritters are one of H's favourite kuih. They are delicious warm.




The Recipe ~


300 gm green mung beans
1/2 dark brown sugar or granulated palm sugar
3 or 4 or  T plain flour
pinch of salt
water


Batter :


1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup rice flour
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
enough ice cold water


Place mung beans in a fairly deep pot. Cover with water completely, the water level about an inch and a half above the surface of the mung beans. Bring to a boil and then lower flame to simmer. Cook until the beans are tender, have broken up and until the beans have absorbed all the liquid leaving only a mush of beans in the pot (very much like cooking rice by absorption). Watch the pot carefully towards the end so that it doesn't burn. Transfer the mush onto a flat plate to cool it down completely.*

When the boiled beans have cooled down completely transfer to a medium bowl and add sugar, flour and a pinch of salt. Adjust for sweetness if you like it sweeter. Mix thoroughly until it becomes pasty and then shape into patties about 2 inches in diameter.


Batter :


Mix all dry ingredients together. Add cold water slowly and stop until you have achieved a nice coating batter.


Heat up a pot of oil until hot. Dip the bean patties in the batter  one by one and fry until a light golden brown and crispy. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy.

* It's important that the cooked beans cool down completely so that when the sugar is added it will not melt and make the bean mixture too soft and sticky to handle. Some recipes call for grated coconut instead of flour to firm up the mixture enough to handle and to taste. I didn't have any.





15 comments:

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

I love kuih rengas, the other name for this, and it's the official name for it in the Home Science textbooks.

I love it with additional coconut shreds in it. It lends a nutty taste to the kuih of which I really like.

busygran said...

Hi Zurin,
It's an all time snack favourite. It is my husband's favourite. If he were to see what you have done, he would insist on having one. heehee

pigpigscorner said...

You are right, there's just no time for tea nowadays! The kuih sounds great! I've never had anything like this before.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I remember when I was younger, this was my favourite Goreng snack among all the other Goreng Kuihs - surpassing,even the sweet goreng pisang. I don't know why. I haven't had a goreng pisang or this for maybe a year or 2? Primarily stalls selling these are hard to come by nowadays...

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I remember when I was younger, this was my favourite Goreng snack among all the other Goreng Kuihs - surpassing,even the sweet goreng pisang. I don't know why. I haven't had a goreng pisang or this for maybe a year or 2? Primarily stalls selling these are hard to come by nowadays...

Federica said...

complimenti!!le foto sono bellissime...metto fame solo a guardare!!!ciao!

tasteofbeirut said...

Zurin

This is a delicious snack and one I have never had; since it includes mung beans, it must be also filling.

Angie's Recipes said...

Ain't these a great football snack!? I have some yogurt dip ready to use.

susan said...

I can't even imagine sitting down to share tea with my family! It does sound very nice and civilized :) The picture looks scrumptious!

Sanjana said...

Zurin, this looks great. I love mung beans- what a clever idea!

pierre said...

hI zurin i did not know this dish !! Thanks Pierre

Anh said...

I have never tasted anything like this before!! Need to try! :)

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Haven't had this kuih for a long time. Never knew how to make them. thanks for sharing the recipe.

Trix said...

Oh my - I would definitely be snacking on these at midnight!! (And the rest of the time, too!)

Sophie said...

Waw,...dear Zurin!! I have never tasted these patties before,..but that is about to change!! they look stunning & ooh so tasty too!

Mung beans, ..I can find them in my Asian market! thanks!

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