9-Layer Kuih made with three different colours sweet potatoes has a nice natural colour and a hint of fragrance of sweet potato. It is nice to look and great to eat as well.

CHINESE VERSION: 三色番薯九层糕

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

 

3-Colour Sweet Potato 9-Layer Kuih | MyKitchen101en

Ingredients:

  • 500 g plain water
  • 270 g sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 pcs pandan leaves

Ingredients for yellow layer:

  • 80 g steamed yellow sweet potato
  • 110 g thick coconut milk
  • 80 g tapioca starch
  • 45 g rice flour
  • 15 g green bean/mung bean starch*

Ingredients for orange layer:

  • 80 g steamed orange sweet potato
  • 110 g thick coconut milk
  • 80 g tapioca starch
  • 45 g rice flour
  • 15 g green bean/mung bean starch*

Ingredients for purple layer:

  • 80 g steamed purple sweet potato
  • 110 g thick coconut milk
  • 80 g tapioca starch
  • 45 g rice flour
  • 15 g green bean/mung bean starch*

(*Green bean/mung bean starch: It is usually labelled as flour, sometimes as “green pea flour”. You may replace it with Hoen Kwee flour which is usually available at supermarket if you can’t find the mung bean starch.)

Preparing ingredients:

1 Combine water, sugar, salt and pandan leaves, bring to the boil, stir until sugar has melted. Set aside to cool.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

 

2 When cooled, discard pandan leaves. Divide pandan syrup into 3 portions (each about 246 g).

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

3 Steam yellow sweet potato, orange sweet potato, purple sweet potato over medium heat for 30 minutes until very soft, then measure out 80 g for each type of steamed sweet potato.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

 

4 For yellow layer: Add 1 portion of syrup to steamed yellow sweet potato, blend until smooth. Add in coconut milk, mix well. Add in starches and flour, mix until combined and sieve through, divide into 3 portions (each about 185 g).

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

5 For orange layer: Add 1 portion of syrup to steamed orange sweet potato, blend until smooth. Add in coconut milk, mix well. Add in starches and flour, mix until combined and sieve through, divide into 3 portions (each about 185 g).

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

6 For purple layer: Add 1 portion of syrup to steamed purple sweet potato, blend until smooth. Add in coconut milk, mix well. Add in starches and flour, mix until combined and sieve through, divide into 3 portions (each about 185 g ).

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

Steaming 9-Layer Kuih:

1 Coat 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan with oil.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

2 Bring water of steamer to the boil, put in baking pan. Stir 1 portion of yellow mixture to mix well, pour into the pan, swirl the pan to spread evenly, steam over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. (Reminder: 1st layer cooked through faster, thus it only needs to be steamed for 4 minutes, other layers will need 4.5 minutes.)

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

3 Stir 1 portion of orange mixture to mix well, pour over the cooked yellow layer, swirl the pan to spread evenly, steam over medium-high heat for 4.5 minutes (4 minutes 30 seconds).

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

4 Stir 1 portion of purple mixture to mix well, pour over the cooked orange layer, swirl the pan to spread evenly, steam over medium-high heat for 4.5 minutes.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

5 Repeat the same steps, until all mixture has been used up. After pouring in the last layer, steam over medium-high heat for 4.5 minutes, then reduce to medium heat and steam for another 5 minutes.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoesMaking 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoesMaking 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

6 Set aside to cool completely before unmoulding.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes

7 When cooled, cut into small pieces using a plastic knife.

Making 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoesMaking 9-layer Kuih with 3 different colours sweet potatoes