Durian is known as The King Of Fruits! I can understand why. It is truly a unique fruit which either you love or totally loathe! As far as my family is concerned, we love durians! Mention durian, and the eyes would light up with excitement and anticipation! LOL! I guess only the durian-loving fans would understand these "gila durian" (durian craziness! LOL!). For those of us who love durians would welcome the "fragrant" smell from these fruits, you could practically smell it before you could even see the fruit. And for those who are not a fan of durians, either you are so used to the smell and don't mind it at all, or you would run as fast as your legs could carry you! There are so many different grades and varieties of durian, with prices ranging from cheap to very expensive. I love eating bitter durians than the sweeter ones, which we would usually reserve for the kids! Though now that some of my nieces and nephews are older, they are learning to like the bitter ones too!
Dried green beans are washed in several changes of water, put into a deep pot and cover it with some water, boil till the beans are tender, about 30 minutes. Palm sugar, granulated sugar and salt are added in to taste. Two pieces of pandan leaves are added for that pandan fragrance. Durian flesh are then added in. I have remove the seeds from the durian, using only the flesh. Let it come to a boil for 2-3 minutes, and the thick coconut milk is added in last. Let it come to a simmer and turn off heat. Do not let it boil too long once the thick coconut milk is added.
Enjoy it warm or cold.
I am submitting this post to Aspring Bakers #33 (July 2013 - Tropikal Spiky Month hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House)
And sharing this with See Ya In The Gumbo hosted my Ms. enPlace
This recipe is just a guide, adjust the water amount to the consistency desired and sweetness to your own liking.
1 cup green beans
8 cups water
2 pieces meaty durian, discard seeds
50gm gula melaka (palm sugar)
1/4 cup granulated sugar, or to taste
pinch of salt
100ml thick coconut milk
2 pandan leaves
Wash green beans in several changes of water. Place in a pot with 8 cups water. Let it come to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Add in pandan leaves, both sugars and salt to taste. Simmer until sugar are completely dissolved. If consistency is too thick, add 1/4 cup, or more, of water. Add in durian flesh, let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, add in thick coconut milk. Let it come to a simmer, turn off heat. Either eat it warm or chilled.