Ondeh-ondeh Recipe (椰糖椰丝糯米球)


20140806-155421-57261181.jpg“Healthy coconut coating sweet potato poppers with its oozing sweet sensation in your palate, it’s my homemade Peranakan kueh!”

[Updates: Recipe in both English & Chinese, also with cooking demo video now
This popular Peranakan sweet treat, its traditional kueh (in Malay), looks deceptively complex to make, but in fact, it is easier than you thought. All you need is just some quick practicing to get a hang of it.

Just remember, the dough has to be moist and pliably kneaded to avoid tearing. Look at my recipe, you will be amazed by how easy you could make it to impress your guests during your party or as a treat to yourselves.

And, what else? Take this opportunity to bond with your kids. This easy kueh making session also creates fun and joy for the young ones.

大人玩,小孩也可以玩。玩了还可以学(到东西)。学到了还可以吃,吃了又会饱…… 真好!😄

Ondeh ondeh
Which flavor and color do you like more? My preference goes to yellow or orange sweet potato version!

Yields 25-30 balls of 1-bite sized 
120 gram of sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced or diced
100 gram of glutinous rice flour (糯米粉)
20 gram of rice flour (粘米粉) 
100ml water (adjustable)

1 tablespoon of cooking oil
A pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon of Pandan flavor essence or 2 tablespoons of Pandan juice, to add to the water (For some pandan aroma, but it’s Optional)

For pure Pandan ondeh without sweet potato:    
150g of glutinous rice flour    
30g of rice flour
150ml of pandan juice (blend with 6-8 leaves and water)

For filling:
150g of gula Melaka, diced into 5-cent big

For coating:
120 gram of desiccated white coconut
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 Pandan leaves, tied into knot and lightly bruised

120 番薯,去皮并切成薄片或切丁    
100 糯米粉

1汤匙 食用油         

1/4茶匙香兰精 2汤匙香兰叶汁 (加进水里,可选不加)

150 糯米粉
150 香叶汁 (7-8片香叶和水搅成汁)

150 椰糖,切碎

120 白椰丝         
1/2茶匙 盐         
3 香兰叶,打成结并敲压几下

Method to make ondeh ondeh kueh with gula melaka
Steps to make Ondeh Ondeh with sweet potato and gula melaka. Scroll down to check out my video demo. :)

1) Heat a dry wok over low fire, place Pandan leaves and let it sauté a little while before adding desiccated coconut. Let both the Pandan leaves and coconut sauté on the heated wok for 2-3 minutes. Stir fry occasionally. Sprinkle salt and continue to sauté till aromas of the coconut releases. Heat off and cover wok with lid to let it stand for a while. Transfer coconut into a large bowl. Set aside. 

2) Steam sliced sweet potato until softened. Finely mashed.

3) Add glutinous rice flour, rice flour and salt into mashed sweet potato. Add in water in batches. Get your child to help adding it a little at a time with a tablespoon while you knead the dough. When the dough is almost done, add in oil. Continue kneadIng until dough turns smooth and pliable. 

4) If you choose to make this ondeh-ondeh with just pandan juice, follow the Pandan ondeh measurement instead. You may also add some green essence or coloring for stronger flavor and more vibrant green color. Continue kneading till well combined with the entire dough.

5) Place a 50-cent big of dough in your palm and roll into a ball. Then flatten the ball and make a well in the centre with your finger tips. Fill a dice of gula Melaka in the well, pinch the opening together to seal it, and then, roll into a ball again.

Enjoy the bonding moment with your child(ren) and repeat step with the rest of the dough.

6) Bring a large pot of water to a boil on high heat. Place ondeh-ondeh balls into the boiling water, one by one. Reduce heat to medium-low fire, simmer the balls till float up once they are cooked. Stir the balls occasionally to avoid sticking.

7) Remove and drain ondeh-ondeh balls from water. You may want to rinse the hot cooked balls with cold water once, to enhance its chewiness.

8) Place slightly cooled Ondeh-Ondeh balls into a bowl of desiccated coconut and gently coat the entire balls. Best served warm and enjoy the oozing sweet sensation of gula Melaka in your bites!









20140806-160919-58159362.jpgThis Ondeh-ondeh is a vegetarian food. 1 bite-sized ondeh-ondeh kueh counts about 20kcal.      

Tips: To yield bouncy and moist dough, adding of sufficient amount of water during the kneading is important. Use warm water, if possible.
* The amount of water is slightly adjustable, depending on your flour, too. Some old flour tends to absorb more water. 
* Gula Melaka (Palm sugar blocks) is available in major Asian supermarkets and neighborhood provision shops. 
** The Ondeh-ondehs in my photo were not added with food coloring. Its appearance was simply the natural colour of the sweet potatoes. I used orange fleshed sweet potatoes.
***Updated: Made with more colors now! Yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes, purple-fleshed sweet potatoes, and pure pandan leaves juice (for natural pandan flavor), as below photos. 

* Gula Melaka(椰糖块)可在超级市场和邻里商店买得到。      

Have some fun watching this snippet of Ondeh-Ondeh making. 🥰
The greenish color of my pandan ondeh-ondeh wasn’t very obvious as I did not add any green food coloring to it.

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12 Responses

  1. Hi My Wok Life

    I wud like to try the onde onde featured in ur recipe. R u able to advise me whether adding of tapioca flour is better vs. rice flour? Which will give a chewy texture?

    Thank you
    Priscilla Poh

  2. Hi My Wok Life

    I wud like to try out the onde onde recipe featured in ur blog.

    Pls advise me aside from the glutinous rice flour, wud it be alright if I can the 30 gm rice flour to that of tapioca flour. Which flour – rice or tapioca flour will give me a more chewy texture?

    Thank you.
    Priscilla Poh

  3. Hi Priscilla,

    I am sure if you could use tapioca flour instead of rice flour. I have no idea on this and did not try it before. I guess rice flour gives enough pliablity to the texture of my Ondeh Ondeh though…

  4. Hi, I would love to make this dish, but where can I buy the desiccated coconut? My hse nearby provision shop didnt sell.

    1. Hi Lyn, it’s quite hard to find freshly grated coconut nowadays. I got mine from Bishan St 22 wet market. Otherwise, do consider pre-packed store-bought one from supermarkets. I know NTUC Xtra sells. Look out at the baking supplies section.

  5. Hi My Wok Life
    I had try it out. And the dough turned out ok:) but when the fill Gula Melaka wasn’t fully melted ! I boiled for 15 min. And i storage in fridge overnight. next day the onde onde become hard.
    The dough i used one cup glutinous flour, half cup topioca flour.
    Pls advice where the problem.


    1. Hi, you may try to crush the gula Melaka into more finely form. It shouldn’t have problem melting then.

      As for storage, In fact, it’s quite hard to keep refrigerated without the artificial softener being added to our homemade ondeh, but don’t give up, the cooked ones must be stored in air tight container. You may also try to add a layer of cling wrap on top before covering with the lid. It should be able to last 1-2 before turning hard, mine was fine.

  6. Hi My Wok Life,

    I was facing the same problem, stored it in airtight container and kept in the fridge. Next day the ondeh ondeh dough still became hard too. May I know your above replied, meant 1-2 hours or 1-2 days?


    1. Using airtight container should be fine for 1-2 days. If not, place few layers of kitchen towel on the container and cover it with some kitchen towel too before lid on. Just try as I did not encounter this issue. Maybe my fridge is not as cold as yours. :)

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