Pandan Steamed Green Rice With Baby Vegetables

Green Rice and Baby Vegetables in a Pandan Leaf

This pandan steamed forbidden green rice with baby vegetables is a fragrant and flavourful recipe. The pandan leaves when cooked have a sweet, unique flavour. These flavours carry through the rice and vegetables and the fried egg, as a garnish, just tops it off. A spectacular looking dish.

Serves: 2-4 | Hands-On Time: 15mins | Cooking Time: 45mins


- 2 cups Forbidden Green Rice
- 1 Bunch brocoloni
- 1 Zucchini
- 100g Baby spinach
- 100g Enoki mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
- Thai basil
- 1 Egg
- Pandan leaves (available at Asian grocers)

Preparation method

  1. Cook 2 cups of Forbidden Green Rice with 2.5 cups water and salt to taste.
  2. Bring to boil over high heat, reduce and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In separate bowl mix all ingredients except egg and pandan leaves.
  4. Tie pandan leaves together to resemble a basket. Fill with green rice and baby vegetables.
  5. Place this in a bamboo steamer over a wok partially filled with water on stove top.
  6. Steam 15 minutes or until vegetables are cooked with slight crunch.
  7. Serve with a fried egg and a charred lemon cheek.

Note:If you do not have pandan leaves, a wok or bamboo steamer on hand, no stress, you can steam the vegetables the traditional method and combine with the rice.

Bamboo Rice and Baby Vegetables in a Pandan Leaf

Credits: Chef - Melissa Rajic | Styling - Sarah Egan | Photographer - An Architect Photographed My Undies & Timothy Treasure