Thai cooking plays a very important role in the culinary world. Thai food is famous for full of flavor and use of fresh ingredients, mainly lemongrass. I used lemongrass as a core ingredient to prepare this dish. This is a sweet dish and can be prepared during thanks giving party and Christmas celebration.
For the lemongrass granita
5 tbsp sugar
Juice and grated rind of 2 limes
2 lemongrass stalks, roughly flatted with a rolling pin
2 tbsp vodka (optional)
1 cup water
For the lemongrass syrup
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 stalks of fresh lemongrass
For the dumplings
1 cup black sticky rice flour
½ cup grated coconut
2 / 3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp palm sugar
Pinch of salt
How to make the lemongrass granita
Place the sugar, lime rind and juice and the lemongrass stalks in a pan with water. Heat gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves then simmer gently for 5 minutes then allow to cool completely.
Strain the liquid into a rigid container then stir in the vodka. Freeze for 2 hours until almost firm then using a fork, break the mixture into large flaky crystals.
Lemongrass granita is ready.
How to make the lemongrass syrup
Chopped the lemongrass stalks roughly.
Mix sugar and water in a pan. Add the chopped lemongrass.
Bring it to a boil, simmer for 5/6 minutes and then switch off the flame.
Cool it completely. Strain the liquid into a glass.
Lemongrass syrup is ready.
How to make the Black Sticky Rice Dumplings
In a bowl, mix together grated coconut, palm sugar and salt.
In another bowl, mix black sticky rice flour and milk. Knead gently to get a dough.
Make 8 equal size balls from the this dough and flatten each of them with your palm,
Then fill it with the coconut and palm sugar mixture.
Reshape it into a ball.
Then steam the dumplings in a steamer for about 8/10 minutes.
Black sticky rice dumplings are ready.
How to serve black rice dumplings with lemon grass granita and lemon grass syrup
Spoon the granita into plates, top with 2 / 3 dumplings and pour some syrup into the plate. Serve black rice dumplings with lemongrass granita and lemongrass syrup. Get, set, go!!!