Prepare glutinous rice by first picking the rice over
and discard all foreign particles. Then pllace rice in a bowl, cover with water and rub with
the fingers. Drain and repeat the process until water runs clear. Place rice is a large bowl
with water to cover by approx. 8cm.
Scrape the skin off the turmeric, chop coarsely, then grind
to a paste in grinder or pound using a mortar and pestle until fine. Tie the pounded
turmeric in a small square of muslin.
Bury the turmeric bag and tamarind slices in the rice and
soak at room temperature for at least 4 hours, or overnight,preferred.
Rinse rice and drain in a colander, discarding the bag of
turmeric and tamarind slices.
Line a steaming basket with an tea towel, screwpine leaves
Cut the screwpine leaf to fit in the steamer and cover the
tea towel completely.
Spoon over the drained rice evenly.
Place steamer on top of rapidly boiling water and steam for
Mix salt and coconut milk in a large bowl.
Add rice, discarding the screwpine leaves, and stir well
until all the coconut milk has been absorbed, then stir in the peppercorns.
Spread rice over the tea towel again in the steamer and cook
for another 30 minutes.
Remover steamer from heat and transfer rice onto a serving