Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Kuih Koci

Since i found the utensil to scrape fresh coconut, i am now able to make kuih kuih which are very near to the ones sold in Malaysia. Have not eaten one for donkey ages. I am sure it was the same with my friends who attended the potluck in my house last sunday. I made the kuih koci ahead of time and i tasted one and it was the best, if only i had pulut hitam, it would be better. I left the rest in the freezer. On sunday morning, i steamed them and made the mistake of oversteaming, the santan turned to oil. so, a word of caution, do not oversteam. This recipe is for bigger kuih koci but i made them half the size which is so cute. This picture is taken from the first batch i made which does not have pandan paste added to the dough

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300 g glutinous rice flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp pandan paste
270 - 300 ml coconut milk

For glazing
3/4 cup thick coconut milk
1 tsp rice flour mix with 1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt

16 pieces banana leaves (15 cm x 20 cm) softened in boiling water
oil for greasing the banana leaves


2 cups grated coconut
90 g gula melaka
50 g sugar
1 tbsp sago mixed with 2 tbsp water
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt



Cook gula melaka, sugar and water until syrupy.

Add grated coconut and sago and cook until sago is cooked and coconut is dry.

Leave to cool and divide into 16 pieces.


Mix glutinous flour with cornflour in a large bowl.

Bring coconut milk, sugar and oil to the boil, remove from heat and add pandan paste then pour over the flour.

Use a wooden spoon and mix into a dough. Knead until smooth.

Divide dough into 16 pieces and rest dough covered with a damp cloth.

Cook the 3/4 cup of thick coconut milk and salt in the microwave on high for 1 minute and then mix in the rice flour. Stir to mix and put back in the microwave and cook 1 more minute until mixture is thickened. (timing depends on your wattage of microwave)

Take a piece of dough, flatten and plsce a part of the filling in the middle, wrap up filling. Make sure to cover filling thoroughly. Dunk into coconut milk glaze and coat generously.

Put in the middle of greased banana leaves and turn ends in.

Repeat with the rest and steam in boiling water for only 12 - 15 minutes.

Kuih koci should be served warm but if you are in the tropics it can be served in room temperature.


Anonymous said...

Hey Lily,

Good job for this dee-licious kuih.......can't wait for another potluck (if you're making this again) to eat this kuih, will go for it first b4 is all clean-up.

Anonymous said...

hey lily,

What a deeeee-liciuos kuih you made........too bad didn't doggie bag earlier b4 everything goes......hee...hee....hee!!!
Good job.........keep it-up!!!

corren said...

Ummmm, kuih koci is one of my favourite blast-from-the-past food. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,
Good that I found your blog. What utensil did you use to scrape the fresh coconut? Where can I get it? I miss kuih koci so much!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,
Good that I found your blog.
What did you use to scrape the fresh coconut? Where can I get it?

Unknown said...


refer to recipe onde onde the pic of the utensil is there. i bought it from a vietnamese grocery store and it costs $1.29.

FooDcrazEE said...

aiyaiyai ! r u going to bring some food back ?? chuckle

Unknown said...


btw, i forgot to ask if there is anything you need from here. please write

FooDcrazEE said...

lily, thanx for the offer.....nothing actually..happy with what i have

Anonymous said...

There is a different kind of coconut scraper that is sold in Indian stores. We bought one. You mount it to your table top, you turn it with one hand. You insert the coconut into the grater and turn. Works very efficiently.

Here is a link:

(Make sure to join the URL above together. The blog cuts off long URLs)

Anonymous said...

Here's the coconut grater url again:

Click here to review grater.

Unknown said...


thanks for link, it is very interesting. are they out cos i can't find how much does it costs?
wish to own one.

Anonymous said...

Here is one site that sells them:

Anonymous said...

Here is one site that sells them:

See the coconut grater

Anonymous said...

Do post if you bought the new grater and how you liked it. It works very well.

Unknown said...


this item is definitely going into my wish list.

I do not have income so it has to be a wish.

you drop a hint here and there and perhaps santa will hear me and give me one for christmas

Ee said...

hi Lily, I'm sooo glad to find ur blog.ur family n frens r very blessed to have u!!
u r truly an inspiration to me. will start baking all ur kuih now.hehe...
thanks again for a great site!


Unknown said...


i am glad my blog is of help to you and your family including your friends.

you are most welcome

Anonymous said...

Hi,what is the estimated number of kuih koci we get for one receipe? tq.

Unknown said...


according to this recipe you divide dough into 16 pieces but if you wish to have smaller ones you can divide 20 or 24.

Anonymous said...

hi lily,

love this kuih!!!! thank you for all ur great recipes. i am sure i am not speaking for myself when i say that u have inspired a lot of malaysians who live overseas & miss all these delicious dishes that they want to try to make them:) so i thank you!!!

i have 2 questions. firstly can i substitute cornflour with corn starch? secondly, i can never find banana leaves here, so what can i use as a substitute?

looking forward to ur reply!


Unknown said...


yes, you can make kuih koci without the banana leaves but then it might not be called kuih koci. it does not matter what it is called but the taste is there although the banana leaves fragrance will missing.

Make the kuih as in recipe and drop all of them on to the coconut rice flour mixture and steam them.

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