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Thursday, August 6, 2015


This is the first time I tried cooking rice with blue pea flower [Bunga Telang] even though I have seen the recipe long ago. What prompted me to prepare this rice was because a friend confirmed that blue pea flowers do have many health benefits.   The following are the benefits I read from here.

The Benefits of Blue Pea Flowers:
* Strengthens the hair for healthy hair growth
* Prevents skin bruising
* Keeps skin glowing and healthy
* Treats urinary problems
* Improves eyesight and night vision
* Treats eye infections
* Stimulates blood circulation
* Detoxifies the whole body
* Provides antioxidants
* Slows aging process
* Enhances immune system 

Verdict – the rice is fragrant with the cardamons and ginger. A little spicy with the black pepper powder in it.
Recipe adapted from Yum Yum Magazine No. 67
[serves 4]
300 gm rice – washed and drained
10 blue pea flowers [bunga telang] – rinsed
20 gm young ginger – chopped
3 cardamon pods
3 pandan leaves – washed and knotted
1 tsp of salt and black pepper powder
1 tbsp oil
  1. Heat up oil in a non-stick pan, saute chopped ginger, cardamons until aromatic.
  2. Add in rice and remaining ingredients. Fry to mix well.
  3. Transfer the rice mixture into a rice cooker. Add in water, mix well and cook until dry. Fluff up and dish up to serve with other dishes [I steamed rice in steaming tray for 30 minutes].
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I'm submitting this post to Cook Your Books Event #26 [August 2015] hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours


Sokehah Cheah said...

Love the colour of this rice, Kimmy!

Kimmy said...

Hi Soke Hah, looks like pastel colour. The colour changes a little after re-heating. I like the peppery flavour and fragrance of the ginger.

Karen Luvswesavory said...

Hi Kimmy,
I read blue pea flowers used in some other kueh recipes too. But I couldn't find these flowers selling in supermarket or wet market. Nice colour. .. must be tasty too.

Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I must say that this is the prettiest serving of rice I have ever seen! Very pleasing blue color. I must go look for this blue pea plant.

Kimmy said...

Hi Karen, do read up about the benefits of this blue pea flower. You will be surprise on it's uses. I have blue pea flower tea about 4 times a week because of its benefits, hehehe!

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, look out for them at the wire fencing [pagar-pagar]. You may be able to find them. I'm glad my family 'wallop' the rice without asking why they are eating blue rice.

Chloe said...

Hi kimmy. This sure looks very interesting. Question: do you eat the flower or you pick them out. . thanks for help.your step by step is a great help. Chloe

Kimmy said...

Hi Chloe, everything is eaten except the cardamons and pandan leaves. The flowers will be soft and you wouldn't notice it after you fluff up the rice. It's aromatic but a little spicy cos' of the black pepper powder [maybe I have added too much] but still acceptable.

Anonymous said...

Hi kimmy, where do u get ur flowers?

Kimmy said...

Hi Anonymous, these are home grown from my neighbor's garden but they are available at wet markets too. If you look around the fencing of your home vicinity, you may find them too. Where is your location? If I know then I may be available to let you know where you can find these flowers [fresh or dried].

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