Saturday, February 27, 2016

Making the festive delicacy at home - Htamane(အေမ့လက္ရာ ထမနဲ)

This is another traditional savoury dish from the lovely cuisine of Myanmar. Htamane(ထမနဲ) is ceremonially prepared on the full moon day of Tabodwe(တပို႔တြဲ), the 11th lunar month on the traditional Burmese calendar (around the month of February). It is also an indication of the end of winter. In Myanmar, a large quantity of htamane is usually prepared in an open space at monasteries.

  1. Glutinous rice
  2. sesame seeds
  3. Garlic
  4. Ginger
  5. peanuts
  6. shredded coconut
  7. salt for seasoning
This is my mother's method of making htamane at home so it will be slightly different from the traditional way of making htamane. It is simple to make. This year, my mother made this traditional snack on my birthday. Thank you May May for such a great tasting snack!

Heat up oil in the wok.
Then add in the ginger and give it a quick stir.
Now add in the garlic and stir-fry until they are fragrant and golden brown.

Remove the garlic and ginger from the wok. You can leave some of it. 

Add in the glutinous rice and stir well.

Add in water and stir gently. 

Cover with the lid and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes over a medium heat.

Peanuts, sesame seeds, shredded coconut  as well as crispy garlic and ginger are all added to the wok. Stir well.

I believe this is important. 
You need to hold two spatulas as shown in the photo below to mix the glutinous rice into a dough. You need to do this continuously for about 15-20 minutes.

My Mum's simple homemade festive delicacy.


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