What to do with pandan leaves?
- YAYME Jul 17, 2014 05:06 AM
I bought some frozen pandan leaves, does anyone have ideas? Or recipes?
I use them in coconut milk dishes like coconut rice, coconut ice cream and curries. I also like to keep some coconut milk flavored with pandan leaves in the fridge for using in drinks (cocktails and iced teas). I like a black tea, chai spices with pandan coconut milk over ice! So good.
I have been wanting to make a pandan cake, but haven't yet.
I love these - a malaysian friend gave me a method for chicken thighs. Something like this:
Cut up thigh meat into small chunks, like M&M size.
Toss in a bowl with coconut cream, a bit of sugar, a good dose of ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and lemon juice. Choose the ingredients. Next, time, I'm going to use a bit of Mae Ploy yellow curry paste, which has a lot of lemongrass and turmeric.
Take spoonfuls of the chicken mixture and wrap pandan leaves around it and tie with kitchen string. Each bundle should be smaller than a small chicken egg. We cooked the bundles over charcoal, but my friend said that they are also good fried or baked. So tasty.....
Update: I just procured a CALAMANSI fish sauce that it recommended to use in place of the lemon and fish sauce. Heck, maybe I'll make these this weekend now!
Add them to rice while cooking to give it a nice flavor and smell. I do pandan, garlic and ginger, or coconut milk and pandan, depending on what I'm making. You can also add them to sambals while cooking for flavor.
Tip: when using, tie the piece of pandan into a loose knot -- it takes up less room, and the knot helps release more of the flavor and scent.
Make a pandan and lemongrass iced tea.
We had this at Bolan in Bangkok and it was probably our favourite and most memorable dish we had there (if you can call it a dish).
It's quite easy - simmer pandan and lemongrass in water, and add sugar to sweeten (taste until you like the sweetness, it should just be slightly sweet). Strain out the pandan and lemongrass. Cool the liquid in the fridge. Drink.