Kolak - Plantain, Cassava, and Sweet Potato in Coconut Milk



'- 500 gram cassavas (Indonesian: singkong), peeled- 6 cups water- 3/4 cup coconut milk- 2 pandan leaves, knotted- 1/2 teaspoon salt- 500 gram sweet potatoes (Indonesian: ubi jalar), peeled and cut into bite size wedges- 125 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)- 500 gram ripe plantains (Indonesian: pisang kepok/pisang tanduk), cut into 1 inch slices


1. Prepare a steamer, steam cassavas until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from steamer, cut cassavas into halves lengthwise, remove the tough core, and cut into bite size wedges. Set aside.2. Add water, 1/4 cup of the coconut milk, pandan leaves, and salt in a pot. Cook until the liquid is barely simmering. Make extra sure that throughout the cooking time, the liquid should stay in a barely simmering point.3. Add sweet potatoes and palm sugar, cook for 15 minutes.4. Add saba bananas and cassavas, cook for another 15 minutes.5. Add the remaining coconut milk (1/2 cup), cook for another 15 minutes. Stir frequently.6. Turn off heat, serve hot or warm.

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