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Friday, March 18, 2011

Cucur Badak ( Fried sweet potato cake with savory filling)

Cucur Badak ( Fried sweet potato cake with savory filling)

Beside Kuih Keria, Cucur Badak is one of my favorite Malay kuih-muih (local cakes and sweet treats).
Cucur Badak use a lot of local & Asian ingredients e.g sweet potato, fresh turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, grated coconut and etc.

A plate of cooked filling that ready to shape with sweet potato dough


Filling on top of sweet potato dough, ready to shape into a ball


This kuih will make your teatime feel more interesting.

Cucur Badak ( Fried sweet potato cake with savory filling)

Cucur Badak ( Fried sweet potato cake with savory filling)
( recipe source: adapted from Flavours food magazine with minor changes)

300 local sweet potatoes, peeled, and cut into 3cm chunks
50g plain flour

Spice paste (blend into paste)
100g shallots
1 stalk lemongrass, sliced
1” fresh turmeric
1tbsp dried shrimps, soaked in hot water for 5mins

1/2tbsp chili paste (I use homemade chili paste)
100g fresh shrimps, shelled and diced
1/2tsp salt or to taste
1 and 1/2tsp sugar or to taste
70g grated coconut, white part only
2 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

Oil for deep frying


To prepare dough
1. Steam sweet potatoes until tender and mash it while still hot.
2. Leave to cool and then mix in flour, and knead lightly to form a pliable dough.
3. Divide dough into 30g balls.

To prepare filling
1. Heat little oil in a wok over medium flame.
2. Saute spice paste and chili paste till fragrant.
3. Add in shrimps and seasonings, and cook for 1min before adding grated coconut.
4. Saute for 1-2 mins and add the lime leaves.
5. Remove from heat and set aside till cool.

To shape
1. Make a well in the centre of each dough ball and stuff generously with 1-2 tsp of filling.
2. Gather the edges to seal the dough around the filling.
3. Shape it into a ball and flatten it slightly.
4. Repeat for the remaining dough.

To Cook
1. Heat oil in a wok, fry cakes over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
2. Remove and drain on paper towels.


Happy Cooking !!


The Sweetylicious said...

OMG! the crust look crispy with the soft potato filling that goes so well! look so YUMMY!! (:

Diane said...

Love sweet potatoes so this has to be good. Diane

Somewhere in Singapore said...

So tempting...

Love2cook Malaysia said...

I love cucur badak as well..but little lazy to make my own. You made them delicious...can i grab some?

Haha..i laughed reading on what you said abt teka. They have one lousy customer service. I actually booked HX 790 and was promised to deliver before we move to our new home. 2 wks prior to our housewarming, they told me that the goods are stuck with customs. Not gonna clear soon. I waited patiently and seeing no signs of getting it, I changed mind and opted for HX 760. Numerous calls made to glenmarie, really waste of time and they don't bother to return call to inform on the status.

Barbara said...

Such fun reading about dishes I am unfamiliar with! I love sweet potatoes and this savory filling with coconut, lime and shrimp sounds delicious!

(In answer to your question about a cast iron pan: I melted the brown sugar in a saucepan and then heated a glass pie plate in the oven and when the caramel was done, I poured it into the hot pie plate and spread in around.)

Cuisine Paradise said...

Saw this in the mentioned magazine too but yours sure look more tempting with the details steps photo descriptions and golden outer crust :)

Jane Chew said...

yoo..! looks so yummy o... This also my favourite lei. Next time must do this for me ok? hehe... very thick skin hor?

daphne said...

oh man, been years since i tasted anything remotely like this! I would love this with a cup of tea and some good chit chat with the girls.

cikmanggis said...

sedapnya:)kuih kegemaran Cm ni.Selalunya Cm lebihkan cili agar rasa lebih pedas pada intinya.Yum yum

Little Corner of Mine said...

Don't think I have this before, looks filling!

tinyskillet said...

This looks like a great snack, or lunch. Interesting flavors going with the sweet potato!

Victoria said...

These look AMAZING!! I would love to try these out :)

Federica Simoni said...

che meraviglia!! chissà che buoni!!ciao!

divya said...

looks delicious and

Pushpa said...

Delicious perfect sweet potato cake.

Bakeling said...

By reading the ingredients , I know this got to be a nice snack !

Jeannie said...

Wow! you sure know how to make your kuih! This is one of my favourites too!

Janine said...

this looks really delicious and funny thing is, i don't think i've ever eaten it before in singapore or malaysia! i really do need to try it soon cos you make it look sooooo yummy

Elin Chia said...

Wow...great snack. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I know how they make this kuih :)

My Little Space said...

Sonia, this is one of my favourite! Now, they are selling at 3 for one ringgit. Definitely one ringgit is not enough for me. haha... I must try making my own some day. Your pics even tempted... my itchy hands! haha... Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a great weekend. Oh well, another busy week to come.
Blessings, Kristy

Cooking Gallery said...

I am not familiar with this, but this looks great! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend :D)!!

Unknown said...

Hi Sonia, I have always wondered how cucur badak is made cause my family likes it quite alot. However there were no good reviews with any particular recipe so I did not dare to attempt it as I might end up wasting heaps of oil! :) Glad you have shared this. Thanks !!

Angie's Recipes said...

They are a great snack after school! Look fingerlicking!

Kimberly Peterson said...

Omg Sonia, is there ANYTHING you CAN'T make or have NOT made?? Lol air liur tengah meleleh... lol.

lena said...

never eaten this before and looking at the fillings, this is really different than i have thought earlier, looking delicious!

pigpigscorner said...

Perfect tea time snack! Looks and sounds amazing with all the spices.

苏联妈妈 said...


tigerfish said...

Love the sweet and savory aspects of this and moreover, it is fried. What's not to love...

Simplyfood said...

I am loving this recipe, but being a veggie I will substitute the shrimp with some cabbage and grated carrots and give it ago.Thanks for sharing such adelicious dish.Do drop by simply.food some time.

Morgan said...

WOW! These look delicious!

Colin Woon said...

Interesting dish. Honestly, I have not tried this before, sure looks good though!

温馨小屋 said...


Dmarie said...

oh, my, those look AMAAAZING!!!

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