Kuih Buah Rotan: Traditional Malay Crunchy Snack

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Kuih buah rotan or also known as kuih redan is actually a traditional Malay snack made from glutinous rice flour and eggs. It is then shaped into round and coated with sesame seeds before being fried in cooking oil over medium-low heat until it becomes golden colour. If the heat is too low, the mixture may absorb the oil and not crispy. This condition is known as oil bloat or in malay we called it ‘kembang minyak’. This snack was popular in Malaysia once upon a time and is being forgotten because we are flooded with other types of food that are more interesting to the community.

If you are not good at making kuih raya, here you can go through the easy recipe to make Kuih Buah Rotan. Just make sure the heat is strong enough (preferably medium-low heat) and the oil is hot so that the mixture is crispy!


  • 500 gm glutinous flour
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 300 gm sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 egg

Cooking Methods

  • 1. Combine coconut milk, eggs, sugar, lime water and salt. Stir well.
  • 2. Mix the coconut milk into the glutinous rice flour. Mix until it becomes a dough.
  • 3. Take a small amount of dough and shape it into a small ball.
  • 4. Cover up the balls with sesame seeds.
  • 5. Fry until crisp. Remove and pour onto a tissue-lined plate.
  • 6. Lastly, store in an airtight jar to keep it fresh and crunchy.

Good luck!

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Article written by Nurul Humaira’ Hasan.

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