Recipe: Kuih Talam

Whether it’s for breaking fast, part of Hari Raya preparations, or just for fun—Margarita has got you covered with another simple to follow recipe!

Kuih Talam

By Margarita Lee

Margarita Lee

Ingredients A:

  • 55g Rice flour
  • 55g Tapioca flour
  • 20g Green bean flour
  • 150g Sugar 
  • 300ml Water
  • 250ml Pandan juice (Blend 6-8 pieces pandan leaves)
  • 1 tsp Alkaline water

Ingredients B:

  • 30g Rice flour
  • 15g Corn flour
  • 200ml Coconut milk
  • 250 Hot water 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
Photo by Margarita Lee


  1. In a pot, add sugar and water, then bring it to a boil. Leave aside for later use.
  2. Combine all 3 types of flour from Ingredients A in a mixing bowl and mix in the hot sugar syrup. Pour in the pandan juice and alkaline water and mix until well combined, then strain the mixture into a mixing bowl.
  3. Bring 1/2 pot of water to a boil, then turn down to medium heat. Place the mixing bowl with the green mixture over hot water. Double boil until slightly thickened, then remove from heat and mix until smooth.
  4. Strain the batter into a 6” square cake tin and steam over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes or until set.
  5. Mix coconut milk, salt, rice flour and corn flour together. Add in hot water gradually while stirring, then strain the mixture into a mixing bowl.
  6. Double boil the white mixture until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and mix until smooth.
  7. Pour the thickened white mixture over the cooked green layer, then steam over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  8. Set aside the steamed Kuih Talam to cool completely before cutting.


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