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Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:02:18 PM »
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on: October 21, 2016, 01:53:46 PM


So what's the deal with Pandan? This is new for me, I'd never heard of it before. Now I have 4 of them growing in my yard, and I'm not sure how to use it or what to expect. Apparently it is popular in SE Asia, but it's not used much in savory foods? I thought it was used in soups or stirfry, but then I read that you pound the leaves into a pulp and mix them into dessert foods.

Are you supposed to eat it raw? I tried a bit, and it tasted sweet and grassy, a lot like wheatgrass to me.

Supposedly quite good for you. Anybody know about it, or growing it themselves?

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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 05:41:15 PM »
They use it for steamed rice and chicken dishes.
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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 08:23:48 PM »
Pandanus is the closest thing the SE Asians have to vanilla beans. Its fragrance is much appreciated when making desert, esp. those involving coconut milk. Also used as a natural food coloring, with the additional perfumey benefit. Rarely, if ever, is it eaten uncooked/raw. Also used in cooking rice (Chupa King's post above).

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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2017, 10:00:59 PM »
It grows like weed here and snakes love to hide in them.Rats and mice hate the smell of pandan leaves

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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 10:14:17 PM »
Very popular Filipino dessert and/or cold drink - buko pandan.


Recipe for the dessert:
https://recipenijuan.com/buko-pandan-salad-recipe/


Cold drink:
http://www.kawalingpinoy.com/buko-pandan-drink/


You can also make a simple pandan syrup:
http://www.fromkarenskitchen.com/recipes/sauce_topping/syrup/pandan_simple_syrup.php


I make a bottle or two of the pandan syrup without sugar though - if you have a very lush pandan plant(s) just chop and boil about a kilo of fresh leaves with 1 gallon water, wait until the water boils and the kitchen smells heavenly and then strain and freeze the water (preferably in ice cube trays/muffin trays). You can use the pandan ice with fresh coconut juice, add some milk and honey (optional) and drink up! We also use the pandan infused water for a lot of glutinous rice desserts.
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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2017, 12:28:43 AM »
Very interesting uses people have shared!

Rats and mice hate the smell of pandan leaves

Another thing in favor of growing it in various places around the yard!

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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 09:16:13 AM »
They are popular in Thailand and a variety of desserts use it.

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Re: Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 10:59:08 PM »
Its a delicious flavoring to add to rice. My favorite use, however, is wrapping meat in it.

The first time I ever cooked with it I was roasting beef and vegetables. Starting from the bottom: I took banana leaves and lined the entire bottom and sides of the pan, then placed onions on the bottom. On top of this I placed the ground beef with whole Pandan leaf wrapped around on top and bottom of it, so that the flavor permeates the meat well. Then I place the rest of my vegetables around and over that - garlic, curry leaf, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, keffir lime leaf, with kabocha squash, chayote, and chunks of daikon radish. Bake til it smells done and boy, does it smell heavenly when it is.

I have also used the Pandan leaf in stews right at the end. Its only ever been explored using wet or moist cooking methods for me, so that's all I can recommend it for personally. I would like to try grilling some fish wrapped in that and banana leaf though.

It took me a while to get ahold of the plants that I have, but I've acquired 7 or so and they have been doing very well as low-light understory plants beneath the shade of my guava trees.

 

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