Bananas in Coconut Milk

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{"ops":[{"insert":"8 unpeeled, small, slightly green, sugar bananas or 4-6 standard-sized bananas"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"4 cups (32 oz/1 L) coconut milk"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"2 pandan (screwpine) leaves, bruised and tied into a knot, or 2 drops pandan extract"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"2 tablespoons palm sugar"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"1 cup (2 oz/60 g) granulated (white) sugar"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"pinch of salt"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"}]}


{"ops":[{"insert":"1. Cook bananas in a covered steamer over rapidly simmering water until skin begins to break, about 5 minutes. Or, cook bananas in a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes. Remove bananas from heat, let cool slightly, then carefully peel. Cut each banana into quarters; once lengthwise, then across.\n\n2. Let coconut milk stand, allowing the thick coconut milk to rise to the top. Spoon about 2 cups (16 oz/500 mL) of the thick milk into a bowl to reserve.\n\n3. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine remaining thin coconut milk and pandan leaves or extract. Bring to a boil and add banana pieces, both sugars, and salt. Add thick coconut milk, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer gently for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve either hot or cold in individual bowls.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Makes 4-6 servings."},{"insert":"\n\nNote:"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":" Slightly green bananas work best here, as they are less likely to break up during pouching. Other alternatives include peeled and cubed pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, or taro -- steam or boil until just tender, and cook as above, until tender."},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Hard or loaf palm sugar is preferred in this recipe as it contains tapioca starch which slightly thickens the sauce."},{"insert":"\n"}]}

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