Fruit Shaped Mung Beans – Khanom Look Choop ขนมลูกชุบ

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Khanom Look Choop (ขนมลูกชุบ) is a very popular and amazing Thai dessert. It is fruit shaped mung beans which are painted with food colouring and then coated with jelly. This dessert may be compared to marzipan since the consistency is similar. However, I think that marzipan is generally sweeter than this Thai dessert. To make this treat, you only need few ingredients and it may seem easy to prepare. Nevertheless, the molding and painting will require some skill but if you’re patient you will certainly end up with nice results 🙂

Fruit Shaped Mung Beans

Fruit shaped mung beans (photo credit: pantip.com)

Look Choop (photo credit: pantip.com)

Here is what you need for 3-4 portions:

For the mung bean paste:

  • 500g mung beans
  • 500g coconut milk
  • 500g sugar (or less, as to taste)
  • 5g salt
  • 1 TSP jasmine flavour
  • food colouring (the colours you prefer) + paint brushes

For the jelly dip:

  • 3 TSP agar-agar powder
  • 3 TSP sugar
  • 4 cups of water

You will also need a blender and steamer to prepare the dessert. Further you will need some toothpicks.

Preparation:

First, soak the mung means in water for at least four hours or overnight. Then drain the mung beans and in a next step put them in a cloth and then in a steamer until they cook. After this is done, put the steamed beans on a plate and let them cool down. In the second step, put the mung beans in a blender adding the coconut milk and sugar. Then blend everything together until you have a smooth paste. In the third step, pour the mixture into a wok or pan on a low to medium heat. Add salt and some drops of jasmine flavour. Now keep on stirring until the mixture thickens. Then spread the thickened paste on a plate and let it cool down.

Finally, its time to shape the paste into various fruits of your choice 🙂 Set the fruit shaped mung beans aside and put them on toothpicks. Then paint the fruits with the appropriate colours and let them dry. While they are drying, prepare the jelly dip: heat the agar powder in water until it is completely dissolved. Cool slightly and then dip the fruits into the jelly. Let the agar dry and set and you’re ready to serve!

Look Choop (photo credit: pantip.com)

Fruit shaped mung beans (photo credit: pantip.com)

This recipe for fruit shaped mung beans comes from the marvellous cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video, you can easily learn how to make this dessert.

Hope you’ll give this beautiful Thai dessert a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)

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