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Fermented Sweet Rice

tape ketan ijo

Sweet rice is also called sticky rice , sometimes it’s also called glutinous rice . In Indonesian , we call this Ketan , they’re rice , and they’re sticky , unlike regular white jasmine rice , sticky or sweet rice looks short grain rice . They come in 2 different color , white sweet rice and black sweet rice , although both are called sweet rice , they have a slightly different taste . When i was small , we saw a lot of street vendor selling tape ketan , what is exactly tape ketan ? It is sweet rice that has been cooked , and then sprinkled with special yeast ( ragi tape ) , and then let it ferment in an airtight container , in a warm area for at least 2 days . It will produce rice wine after few days , but do not want to let it ferment too long , or it’ll have bitter and vinegary taste .

You need :

2 cups of sweet rice

3 1/2 cups of water

1 tablet of tape yeast

5 tablespoon of sugar

1. Cook your sweet rice , by letting it soak for an hour , then cook them in 3 1/2 cup of water , bring to boil , then with the lid askew , simmer for 10 minutes . Then remove from the heat and let it sit for 15 minutes . Cool completely before moving to the next step .

2. Pound the tablet until it becomes powdery , mix with the sugar , and then sprinkle this to the cooked rice .

3. Close the lid , make sure it’s stored in air tight container , and place in a warm place for about 2 days , then once it’s done it should have strong alcoholic smell , refrigerate and it should be ready to be served when it’s chilled .