Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Microwaved Kaya Recipe

I was blog hopping the other day and came across this Kaya Recipe. For those who don't know, Kaya, (comes from a Malay word which means "rich") is distinctively Malaysian. It is traditionally made by continuously stirring over gently boiling water in a double boiler until the custard becomes thick and golden brown (or green, depending on the level of caramelisation of the sugar). This could take sometimes up to a couple of hours!
I remember my mom, standing for hours by the stove, stirring the rich golden mixture with a wooden spoon. When it's done, the kaya is served as an accompaniment to her trademark glutinous rice or pulut tai tai. Yummmm...

When I saw how easy and quick this recipe was, I had to try it.


Coconut Milk

The ratio is 1:1:1.

So, I used:

8 large whole eggs
400g white sugar
400ml canned coconut milk

4 screw pine or pandan leaves, knotted for flavouring.

Whisk eggs and sugar in a microwaveable bowl, large enough for all the ingredients to be combined. Add in the screw pine leaves. If you don't have this, you can also use natural vanilla essence.


Zap eggs and sugar in the microwave oven for 2 minutes.
Remove. Stir.

Repeat twice.

Add in coconut milk. Stir to combine.

Repeat the above steps, carefully stirring in between zaps. The mixture can become VERY bubbly hot so be careful when stirring.

I continue to cook the custard in the microwave oven for a further 6 minutes, stirring every 1 minute until the mixture is thick and creamy, or a desired consistency.

Total cooking time: 18 minutes.

Makes two 500ml jars.

See how easy it is?

Verdict: Just a little tad too sweet. I will use half the amount of sugar next time, and maybe try using brown sugar instead. Overall, great! Just like mom's, minus the hassle. (Or what I would like to believe anyways!)

Kaya toast... delicious!

Thanks Grace!
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maggie said...

wow!! thanks for this wonderful post! i have been craving for kaya for so long and cooking with microwave, superb! i hope can pull this one through without screwing it up..:)

jo said...

there's hope to no-more-standing-over-the-stove-for-4-hours kaya making? fantastic!

just one question, what level did you set your microwave? if i remember correctly, a mere 15 seconds is all it takes to cook an egg thoroughly at 1000w so 2 minutes seems a pretty long time.