Hidden Treasure (Monpetok)

Hidden Treasure (Monpetok)

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 55 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Burmese

Key Ingredients:

A sweet treat from Burma which is now called Myanmar – sweet dumplings steamed wrapped in banana leaves


  • Banana leaves, cut into 5 inch squares a few
  • Coconut, grated 1
  • Rice flour 1 cup
  • Brown sugar ½ cup
  • Salt ¼ tsp


  • Take rice flour in a bowl, add salt and mix. Add sufficient water and knead for 5 minutes or till smooth. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat banana leaves directly on flame to make them soft taking care that they do not burn.
  • Heat a non-stick pan, add brown sugar and 2 tbsps water and cook till the sugar caramelizes. Add coconut and mix on medium heat till well blended. Set aside to cool
  • Place plastic wrap on the worktop and on it place a piece of banana leaf.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls and place one of the banana leaf. Cover with another plastic wrap and flatten the dough ball to shape like a puri.
  • Remove plastic wrap from top, place 1 tbsp of caramalized sugar-coconut stuffing on the puri.
  • Roll the banana leaf piece enveloping the puri in the shape of a cone and then wrap securely from all sides so that it looks like a pyramid. Hold this together with a toothpick.
  • Heat sufficient water in an idli steamer. Place these pyramids on a greased perforated plate and keep it in the steamer. Cover the steamer with its lid and steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Unwrap the pyramids partly and serve.