Kuih Permata Reinvented: A Sapphire-Gem Treat

CategoryCooking MethodTags, DifficultyIntermediate
Yields1 ServingPrep Time45 minsCook Time15 mins
Yields1 ServingPrep Time45 minsCook Time15 mins

“Permata” literally translates to gemstone, this is a traditional Malay kuih that mimics the colour of a sapphire stone, which is achieved by using the extract of the butterfly pea flower. The combination of mango gives a bright burst of flavour and also marks the beginning of the fruit’s season that is also in conjunction with the Eid festival.

This recipe makes 10 pieces of kuih.

This recipe is made possible with a KENWOOD Titanium Mixer.

This delicious treat is part of our homemade series on kuihs where we teach you how to create these traditional mouthwatering desserts: Kuih Bingka Gula Melaka, Kuih Harum Manis, Kuih Tapak Kuda, Kuih Permata, and Kuih Nagasari.


Making The “Blue Gemstones”
 70 g glutinous rice flour
 100 g hot water
 10 g dried butterfly pea flowers
 60 g tapioca starch
 15 g caster sugar
 130 g piping hot mashed potatoes
 40 g diced semi ripe mango
Making The Outer Mango Layer
 30 g rice flour
 20 g tapioca starch
 10 g sago starch
 250 g mango puree
 15 g oil
 10 g coconut cream
 40 g sugar
 1 g salt
 1 g lye water



To make “blue gemstones” – Soak butterfly pea flowers with hot water for 15 minutes, keep the water and discard the solid.


Place mashed potatoes in a boiling steamer and steam for 15 minutes to heat up.


In a mixing bowl, put in glutinous rice flour, tapioca starch and sugar together. Add in butterfly pea water and hot mashed potatoes. Keep mixing until well combined. Add in oil to reduce stickiness. Allow the dough to cool for 10 minutes and it will eventually firm up.


Dust your fingers with tapioca starch and begin to divide and mold the dough into smaller portions each weighing 7 gram. Roll the dough into a ball, then slightly flatten into a disc, fill in with 3 gram of diced mango, and further roll the ball into a round sphere. Continue this process until you have finished using all ingredients. Keep aside.


To make outer mango layer – put all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat, whisk to lightly thickened. Pour the mango mixture into the molds until half full, then insert with the “blue gemstones”.


Immediately place into a steamer and steam for 15 minutes until cooked. Let cool before serving.

This recipe uses Kitchen Machines

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