Purple Onde Onde

Everyone tends to get highly superficial when it comes to things that go into their mouths. Just like natural selection in the human world, the selection of foods we consume has alot to do with colours.

Come on, there’s no need to deny the fact that you like good-looking food. We all do. It helps that the curry chicken is of a fiery orange red hue, and the punnet of strawberries, a deep crimson red. Foods have colours attached to them. You wouldn’t expect a chocolate brownie to be green would you? Likewise, I don’t think you’d be expecting a green steak when you order a medium rare ribeye.

However, it is fun to expect different colours when you know it’s a food that’s fun and cool. A food like onde onde.

We all know onde onde and most of us like it because of the oozing molten gula melaka (palm sugar) that squirts out if we bite too hard. Made out of glutinous rice flour, these mini balls usually come in green. But the green is usually not from natural colouring.

Onde onde is something that I love making because you get to see the balls developing from being a mere dough to something soft and sticky and filled with sweet lava. Ever since I came across an onde onde recipe that used sweet potatoes, I got hooked. Adding sweet potatoes to your onde onde dough just gives it a softer bite. The texture is pleasant and not so tough on your jaws – you need not chew as if it was bubble gum.

The previous times that I made these sweet potato onde onde, I used the traditional sweet potato we all know and love – the orange ones.

Orange onde onde seems to be passe because I’ve discovered how cool it’ll be to have purple onde onde. The most amazing thing is that it’s au naturel.

If orange sweet potatoes give you orange onde onde then purple sweet potatoes gives you purple sweet potatoes no? hahaha… yes, it’s quite obvious.

These sweet potatoes are really purple mind you. Purple on the outside and purple on the inside:

I kid you not! I didn’t dye these potatoes. They’re just purple by nature.

Purple happens to be my favourite colour and you should have seen the look on my face when I saw how beautiful the shade of purple was…

As purple as can be, and as purple as grapes and my retainer box.

Try as I might, I couldn’t shake off that look of awe on my face as I mashed the potatoes before adding them to the glutinous rice flour.

Trust me, there was no drop of artificial colouring. None, zilch, zero! Just 100% purple sweet potato.

After mixing the mashed up purple sweet potatoes with the flour, you’ll get a lovely purple dough which you roll into balls, stuff with gula melaka and boil in a pot of boiling water until it floats. Then you take them out and coat them with grated coconut, like so:

You’ll have to agree with me on this one, even if you’re not a fan of the colour purple – these onde onde are special aren’t they? Damn, the colour’s so cool! I know I sound like a fascinated school girl but hey, it’s not everyday you get to have natural purple coloured onde onde…

Seriously, I’m still amazed at the possibilities that await these coloured foods. I’m contented with my purple onde onde for now. Let’s see what else I can play around with… *rubs hands together in anticipation*…

Go here for the onde onde recipe.

Posted on 26th May 2007 in onde onde, purple, sweet potato  |  16 comments



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