1/3cuppalm sugar (gula aren)grated or cut into small pieces
1pandan leaves optional
Make the dough
Combine all dough ingredients in a bowl and mix well til you get a soft pliable dough.
Form the balls
Roll 1/2 tbsp ball of the dough and flatten lightly in the palm of your hand. Make a little indent and place about 1/4 tsp amount of palm sugar in the centre. Fold the dough around the sugar to cover completely
Cook the balls
Prepare a large plate and grease with a little neutral oil. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the pandan leaves if using. (I like to cook one test ball first to make sure the cooking time melts the sugar completely.)
Cook in batches. Adding 8-10 balls to the water at a time. Stir gently so the balls don't stick to the bottom. Boil for 4-5 minutes to allow the sugar centre to fully melt and then carefully remove and place onto the greased plate.
Once you've finished cooking all the balls, allow to cool slightly before rolling in coconut and enjoy!