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What is the one dish that is not really craved by anyone for daily meal, but it is the first thing that everyone will look for during Hari Raya? It is none other than Malay delicacy and heritage food, Ketupat! It may not be everyone’s favourite, but it is a must-have dish for Hari Raya.

Have you ever wondered what Ketupat or Ketupat Nasi actually is? It is rice that is wrapped in a diamond shape using Woven Palm leaves. Then, it is boiled for hours and as the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed to soft cakes.

There are other types of Ketupat that you might want to know, which is Ketupat Palas and Ketupat Bawang. Ketupat Palas is made from glutinous rice and it is wrapped in triangular shape using Palas leaves. As for Ketupat Bawang, it is basically the same as Ketupat Nasi, but it is wrapped in Bawang (onion) shape.

ketupat with rendang served during raya

You can savour Ketupat in any way you want as it goes well with any dishes. Have it with any Rendang and Serunding (dried Rendang) or dip in Kuah Kacang and Lontong? You name it! One thing for sure, you know you want to make and eat it when it is mouthwatering just by looking at it!

Never underestimate the taste of Ketupat with side dishes as you might ask for more and more once you’ve had a taste of it. So, here is a simple recipe to make Ketupat for your Raya preparation! We know you’ll need it!

Quick And Easy Ketupat RecipeShop Now at HappyfreshIngredients:

  • Rice (2 cups)
  • Water (2 cups)
  • 2 Pandan leaves (for fragrance)
  • 2-3 tablespoon salt

ketupat with kuah kacang


  1. Cook all the ingredients in a rice cooker.
  2. Put the cooked rice into a square container and press it.
  3. Press with waxed paper/cling wrap until the rice are all tight/compressed. Wait for it to cool down and put in refrigerator.
  4. Cut into squares when it is cool.
  5. Garnish with cut cubes of red onion and cucumber. Alternately, serve with barbeque satay sauce.

And now with this recipe, you are ready as you’ll ever be to make Ketupat with your family. A mouthful of Ketupat accompanied with all the side dishes that is pleasing to your taste is definitely the kind of satisfaction you would want to have!

You’ll surely be busy as a bee when Raya is coming, but HappyFresh will never be busy! So, you don’t have to worry about a thing as you can always count on us to buy your groceries anytime you want.