These balls of Ondeh-Ondeh are so fun to eat. Made with sweet potatoes and glutinous rice flour rolled in coconut with a little surprise on the inside.
(Makes 16 balls of Ondeh-ondeh)
Place sweet potato in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes until soft and mashable. Remove and place steamed sweet potato in a large bowl. Mash sweet potato with a potato masher. Add glutinous rice flour, salt, and vanilla extract. Mixed well and knead until a soft pliable dough forms.
Divide dough into 16 equal portions and form into balls. Flatten a ball of dough in the palm of your hand into a flat disk of about 2-inch diameter. Place a teaspoon of gula melaka in the center. Gather up the sides and seal well to form a ball of about 1-inch diameter . Roll between your palms until ball of dough is smooth. Place on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
**Freshly grated coconut may be used in place of dessicated coconut and it can either be used as is (i.e. fresh) or fried.