Balisungsung (Steamed Rice in Banana Leaves)
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Serves: 7 to 8
  • 3 cups white rice
  • 5 cups water or more to immerse rice
  • banana leaves cut 6 inches wide (about 15 pcs)
  1. In a bowl, wash rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear.
  2. Fold the banana leaves to form a cone shape, then add rice to it about half-filled each then fold the end.
  3. In the pot, arrange the wrapped rice in banana leaves.
  4. Put water and make sure all wrapped rice are submerged in water.
  5. Cover the pot and put in the stove over high heat, let it boil.
  6. Then, let it simmer over low heat till rice is cooked.
  7. Remove from heat, peel off the banana leaves when ready to eat. Serve with your favorite dish.
You can line the bottom of the pot, so that it does not stick to the bottom.
If you have extra banana leaves, you can also put it on top to cover everything.
If you have pandan/screwpine leaves, use 1 it will make it more fragrant and flavorful.
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