03 May 2013

Purple Sweet Potato Ondeh Ondeh

This is a snack which I long wanting to make. Is difficult to find purple sweet potato here, I have been searching for it for sometimes until I nearly give up. However, one day when I pass through an Asian Groceries shop, here it is...sitting together with the big piles of golden sweet potato with a big sign in front said "purple". It is my first time seeing purple sweet potato with white skin and purple inner. In Singapore, I always use the purple sweet potato which is slimmer with purple skin and purple inner. As you know, I still can't find the freshly grated coconut so I'm using the frozen shredded coconut

I'm using the recipe adapted from Anncoo Journal's beautiful Ondeh Ondeh.  Thank you for sharing the recipe. The texture of the ondeh ondeh is chewy and it has the tasty palm sugar explode in our mouth :D Is indeed lovely!

Recipe adapted from Anncoo Journal
160g glutinous rice flour
10g tapioca flour
120g purple sweet potato, steam and mash
80-100g pandan water (boil 300g water with some pandan leaves)
150g gula melaka (palm sugar, diced)
200g frozen shredded coconut

1. Steam the frozen shredded coconut with 1/4 tsp salt for 10 mins. set aside.
2. Mix glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour and mash purple sweet potato together, slowly add 80g pandan water, knead into a smooth dough. If dough too dry add a little more pandan water or add a little more flour if it is too wet. (This depends on the water contain of the purple sweet potato)
3. Pinch dough into small ball, slightly press flat and fill in the gula melaka. Roll it into a smooth ball.
4. Bring a pot of water to boil and drop the little dough balls in it. When they float to the surface, let it boil for another 2-3 mins.
5. Remove them with a slotted spoon and shake off excess water.
6. Roll the cooked glutinous balls over the shredded coconut.


  1. 我和你一样,也做了这个椰糖粒粒。好喜欢。

  2. Tze, I have never make ondeh ondeh before. . Must include this as my to do list . We can get purple yam easily but hardly see purple sweet potatoes around. I am so jealous la.., may be I have to substitute with purple yam hehe

  3. Tze,Australian purple sweet potatoes seem to have white skin whereas white sweet potatoes have purple skin, quite confusing hoh? I like your ondeh-ondeh here! Your family is so lucky, feel like never leave Singapore, still can eat a lot of authentic south east Asian food from home

  4. Hi Ah Tze,
    Your ondeh-ondeh looks very good! And very nice colour! Ondeh-ondeh is one of my daughter's favourite kuih, have not made this in ages! Wish that plate is right on my table!

  5. 这个糕点是时常encore的,番薯cum椰糖cum椰丝,perfect match

  6. Hmmmm....I want some too! It's been awhile since I last had them.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. Gorgeous!! Never see purple sweet potato before!!

  8. Love the contrast between the purple sweet potato and the white coconut flakes! I've also seen people making it with orange sweet potato, hope to try this recipe out one day!

    I've nominated you an award at https://foodismylife.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/liebster-award-thank-you/

    Hope you'll like it!

  9. Hi, you are really smart and using the latest method to make pulut dumplings / 汤圆 !! Some of my friends refused to follow when I taught them ( I learn that from TV cooking Porgram ) For those who can't find the purple sweet potato, can use the orange or the normal one as that only gives the purple color !! I was told by this way the Ondeh Ondeh will be "soft" longer !!
    You can use this recipe to make 汤圆 !! I was told to use 1/3 hot pandan water and the rest is cold water to make the 汤圆 more Q Q ( chewy ). If you like yam/ taro /芋头 instead of sweet potato !!

  10. Hi, how many ondeh ondeh balls does this recipe yield? I was wondering what to do to prevent them from sticking together? Thanks!

    1. hi Suhui, it depends on how big is the ondeh ondeh you make, can't really recalled how many i had made.may be about twenty.

      after boiling the dough, it will be very sticky, we have to roll it over the shredded coconut, if you coated it well with shredded coconut, the ondeh ondeh will not stick to each other anymore.

  11. Hi. Did you use hot pandan water?

    1. Hi, set aside to cool a bit. Is not pipping hot but is warm.


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