This khanom tom recipe is deliciously sweet, coconutty, and a whole lot of fun! My Thai coconut balls dessert is no bake and totally doable for every home cook, plus it's perfect to get those little hands involved too.
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Khanom tom is a traditional Thai dessert known for its sweet coconut taste. It's a boiled rice flour treat made from coconut meat, palm sugar, salt, coconut milk, and glutinous rice flour, often enjoyed during festivities.
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They're perfect to make ahead for your next gathering, just boil them when it's party time.
This recipe for easy, no-bake coconut balls with coconut milk is total perfection. It's a gift from my grandma's neighbor, along with three fresh brown coconuts right off their tree.
Word of my Thai food blog is slowly spreading in my rural village, and people are more than happy to share their recipes with you!
The lovely lady who shared this recipe with me often whips up khanom tom for the monks during festive times, and everyone loves 'em.
They're exploding with coconut flavor and perfect for those sweet cravings, and the kids go crazy over them too!
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For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
Khanom tom are perfect just the way they are, but add some toppings if you're feeling it.
Serve in a coconut shell for that extra exotic feeling.
Khanom tom is best enjoyed fresh, but they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one day. You can also keep them for several days in the fridge, but they will harden over time.
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This khanom tom recipe is traditional, fun to make, and super delicious. Make it with the kids and you'll have a blast.
1. Finely shred the coconut flesh.
2. Place a wok or skillet over medium heat and combine coconut water, palm sugar, and salt. Cook until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken.
3. Stir in the shredded coconut and continue to cook. Once bubbles surface, prolong the cooking until the mixture becomes sticky in texture.
4. Add shredded coconut.
5. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until the liquid is fully absorbed, ensuring it does not dry out completely.
6. Once done, transfer the mixture to a baking dish and allow it to cool down.
1&2. Prepare the white dough by combining glutinous rice flour and coconut milk in a large mixing bowl, kneading the mixture until a dough forms.
3. For the green dough, blend pandan leaves with water and strain the mixture through a sieve cloth to remove impurities and extract the pandan juice. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the pandan extract, coconut milk, and glutinous rice flour, kneading them together to form a dough.
4. Set a pot on medium heat and add water along with butterfly pea flowers. The water will turn blue; once it does, introduce fresh lime juice until the liquid changes to purple. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of this purple liquid, coconut milk, and glutinous rice flour, kneading them together to form a dough.
1. Shape the filling into small balls.
2. Pinch off a piece of dough and form it into a ball, then flatten it out.
3. Place the ball-shaped filling at the center of the flattened dough.
4. Fold the dough around the ball, sealing it.
1. Fill a pot or a wok with water and place it over high heat.
2. Gently lower the coconut balls into the boiling water. Once they float to the surface, cook for 5 more minutes.
1. Mix salt with shredded coconut to prepare the filling.
2. Spread some of the coconut filling on a tray. As soon as the coconut balls finish cooking, place them over the filling, making sure each ball is topped with the shredded coconut.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.