Dadar Gulung is one of popular snacks in Indonesia, especially in Java. Dadar literally in Indonesian means ‘pancake’ while gulung means ‘to roll’. Inside has sweet grated coconut as a filling, and usually the pancake has green-coloured which comes from Pandan leaves. Pandan is an herbaceous tropical plant with long green leaves which can be found throughout Indonesia. It is very aromatic and has a unique taste that can be used for many Indonesian desserts, cakes and drinks. It can be purchased as a ready-to-use paste in Asian stores. Or if you buy it fresh, you need to pound into a paste; added water then filtered and just takes the juice for colouring.
Preparing time: 60 minutes
Servings for 4 people
– 250 g grated coconut
– 150 g palm or 100 g caster sugar
– 1-3 inch cinnamon stick
– 100 ml water
– salt to taste
– 250 g plain flour
– 1 egg
– 250 ml thick coconut milk
– 200 ml water
– 1 teaspoon juice from Pandan leaves or few drops of pasta pandan if you have it (this one for colouring)
– salt to taste
1. Place the water, salt sugar and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the remaining filling ingredients to the saucepan and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Constantly stirred for approximately 5 minutes or until the mixture is dry. But don’t get burn! Set aside and remove the cinnamon stick.
2. Blend the pandan leaves with 150 ml water, squeeze the pulp then sieve the water. If you use pandan paste or food colouring, skip this step.
3. To make pancake: combine egg, coconut milk, salt with the rest of water. Whisk them well into a smooth batter, just like you make pancake mixture. Then add Pandan paste/juice or green food colouring. Slowly add the flour, whisk them well until it creates smooth batter. When it’s ready, prepare non-stick frying pan (use 8-inch frying pan if you have) and pour 2-3 tablespoon of the batter into the pan. Make sure the pan is equally covered with the batter so it becomes a thin layer pancake.
4. Place 2 teaspoons of coconut filling on the near edge of the pancake. Then tuck in the left and right sides and fold over once more then roll.
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