Thursday, December 6, 2007

Colourful Onde Onde

Okay, I didn't add any colouring for all these Onde Onde you see here. From left, pumpkin onde onde, purple sweet potato onde onde, normal pandan flavoured onde onde.

If the Australian Pumpkin is used here, the Onde Onde will be in a nicer shade of orange but I didn't want to buy a big slice so I settled for the Japanese pumpkin which is in the hue. I love the purple sweet potato though. It gives such nice colour. It's not the Japanese sweet potato. Though the skin is purple in colour but the inside is in yellow. Look below for the difference.

But if you still want to use food colourings, go ahead. I'm just showing that to make your food colourful, you can use the natural colours from the food we use.

  • 250g pumpkin or sweet potato, steamed and mashed thru a sieve
  • 200g Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 20g Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3-4 tablespoon Water or Pandan Juice if you are making green onde onde
  • 120g Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar), chopped
  • 350g Grated Coconut, only the white part
How to do it:
  1. Steam grated coconut for 10 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to combine.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Put pumpkin or sweet potato, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour 1/4 teaspoon salt and hot water into a bowl.
  5. Combine to form a soft dough.
  6. Roll some dough to form a ball.
  7. Flatten it and place some chopped gula melaka in the center.
  8. Roll into a ball.
  9. Repeat till dough are used up.
  10. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  11. Put the balls into the boiling water.
  12. Remove them when they float to the top.
  13. Drain and toll in grated coconut and serve.
To make the pandan juice, grind 8 pandan leaves with 3 tablespoon water. Place the grind pandan leaves into a muslin bag and squeeze out the juice.

  • Click HERE for printer-friendly version of an original recipe.

From left:
* the usual sweet potato, Japanese Sweet Potato, Purple Sweet Potato *


  1. wow, looks so appetizing! This is one of my favorite food too!!

  2. Vyvy,
    Have you tried making these too? It's interesting to making our own. :)

  3. These looks lovely and it is a very good idea for party! Haiz... Should have visited you blog earlier, then I can make this for LZ's party.

  4. wah, so impressive, onde onde u also know how to make! I like how you use natural colouring for the food, the purple ones are especially attractive :)

  5. Wow.. these sure look great.. I would like to try them out. but then from your recipe steps 4 mention : "Put pumpkin or sweet potato, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour 1/4 teaspoon salt and hot water into a bowl."

    U mention hot water in the step but then in the ingredients above don't have hot water, so does the hot water here refers to the 4 tablespoon of water/pandan juice?

    Thanks for your help :)

  6. Ellena,
    Sorry, my recipe is not very clear. The hot water in step 4 is indeed the 4 tablespoon of (hot) water OR pandan juice mentioned in the ingredients. :)

  7. LZmommy,
    Thank you! But LZ's party was already perfect with the food you prepared!

    :p Thank you. I did these before when I was in school but it was the traditional one using the the green colouring. I liked the purple ones too!

  8. How long should I steam the mashed sweet potato yah? Mashed with fork?Wouldn't it take forever? Also, must sieve?

  9. Quinn,
    If you chopped them into smaller pieces, 10-15 minutes. You just use a fork to poke it. If it's still hard then steam longer.

    Haha ... no lah. If you want you can use a blender. If you dont sieve, the paste will not be smooth. Then your dough will be lumpy.

  10. Thanks wokkingmum, one last stupid question, Do i skinned them first, chopped them into smallet pieces and then steam it or skin them after steaming? Thanks ya!

  11. Quinn,
    Nah, it's not a stupid question.
    If you are chopping them into smaller pieces, skin them first otherwise you will have a hard time doing it later.

  12. Hello WokkingMum! thanks for sharing the recipe here..however I have one question here..

    if i only want to make the pandan flavoured onde onde, do i still need to use the pumpkin/sweet potato?

  13. Anonymous,
    No. Pumpkin for pumpkin flavour and sweet potato for sweet potato flavour. You don't mix them with the regular sweet potato. :)