Sweet Coconut Rice Balls (Klepon)

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  • 1½ cups glutinous powder
  • ¾ cup lukewarm water
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
  • 8 tsp. grated Java dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh-grated coconut, mixed with ½ tsp. salt


  • Mix the rice powder with the lukewarm water and green food coloring into a firm but flexible dough.
  • Pull off one full teaspoon of the dough and shape it into a ball with approximately 1-inch in diameter.
  • Push a finger into the center of the ball to make a hole, and put in approximately ½ tsp. of the grated sugar. Seal, and roll it back into the ball shape with the palms of your hands. Prepare all the balls and set them aside.
  • Prepare a pot half filled with water and bring it to a boil.
  • Drop the balls into the boiling water. Remove the balls with a spoon once they float to the water surface and then roll the balls in the grated coconut.

Serve at room temperature. Makes 30 rice balls.