Vietnamese steamed glutinous rice with mung bean and crispy shallots (xôi xéo)

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Vietnamese steamed Glutinous rice with mung bean and crispy shallots (xôi xéo)

(Adapted from Diem Nauy)

Steamed glutinous rice:
500 g glutinous rice (soaked in 1 liter water + 1 tbs salt + 2 tsp turmeric powder for 1 hour)
280 ml water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbs shallot oil (recipe below) or canola oil

Crispy shallot:
10 shallots (peeled and thinly sliced. Let them air dry on a baking tray for 2 hours if you have time)
500 ml canola oil (to adjust)

Steamed mung bean paste:
100 g yellow mung bean (soaked in 1 liter water + 1 tbs salt for 2 hours)
1/3 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper

To make crispy shallot:

  1. While the glutinous rice is soaking, you should make the crispy shallot.
  2. Prepare a strainer over a large bowl.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat canola oil under medium heat.
  4. Add shallot slices.
  5. Fry until lightly golden.
  6. Pour the shallot + oil over a strainer.
  7. Reserve the oil.
  8. Drain the fried shallot slices and set aside. They will become crispy.

To make steamed glutinous rice:

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, combine the drained glutinous rice + 280ml water + 1/2 tsp salt + 2 tsp turmeric powder.
  2. Cook under medium heat and stir constantly.
  3. When the rice mostly absorbs the water, put them in a steamer and cook until soft, about 15 minutes.
  4. Set aside.

To cook the mung bean:

  1. Drain the mung beans well and mix with 1/3 tsp salt.
  2. Use a steamer to cook the mung beans until soft, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. Pour the steamed mung beans to a large bowl.
  4. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper.
  5. Use a spoon to mash the mung beans into paste.
  6. When the paste is still warm, roll into a large ball.
  7. Set aside.

To assemple:

  1. In a bowl, add steamed glutinous rice in the center.
  2. Cut thin slices of mung bean ball onto the rice.
  3. Sprinkle with crispy shallot slices.
  4. Spoon about 1 tbs shallot oil.
  5. Serve immediately.