When the sun sets on the west, many fasting Indonesians will steer their motorbikes to nearest food stalls or warungs to order a glass of black jasmine tea. They have to break their fast soon, and then they’ll start eating rice, side dish, and sayur.
However, most people don’t just eat rice and drink sweet tea; in fact, they’ll likely to eat more than usual. Especially if they break their fast at home, where all food are cooked by moms. What kind of food moms cook during Ramadan?
Here’s a list of the most popular food served by Indonesian moms during the fasting month.
1. Pisang Goreng
The name is quite self-explaining: it translates to “fried banana”. Indonesian mothers usually serve this dish as an entree, prior to eating rice, or desserts, during the fast break. The banana is halved, dipped into a batter, and deep fried. You may want to serve it with shredded cheese on top, or powdered sugar, or sprinkles, or even syrup and strawberries.
Some tips, though; make sure the bananas are not too ripe/soft, otherwise they’ll burn and stick to the pan. Find the recipe here.
We’ve discussed about kolak in my previous post. It’s a compote containing bananas, fermented cassava, and other curious ingredients, cooked in coconut milk. It’s a dessert, but we often eat it prior to eating the main dish.
You can find the recipe here.
3. Bubur Kacang Ijo
Bubur is the Indonesian word for porridge; while kacang ijo, whose literal translation is “green beans” refers to mung beans (Vigna radiata). So, bubur kacang ijo (kacang hijau in Indonesian) means mung beans porridge. You can already guess what the main ingredient is. Yep, that’s true.
Here’s the recipe, here.
4. Bubur Ketan Hitam
Two types of bubur that are often served at local burjo warungs are bubur kacang ijo and bubur ketan hitam. If a warung sells one of them, they’ll likely to sell the other too. The cooking process is similar, except that bubur ketan hitam using glutinous black rice (Ind. ketan hitam; Jav. ketan ireng) as the main ingredient.
Grab the recipe here.
5. Es Cendol
If you want to take on more challenges, you may want to make es cendol. It’s a beverage containing cendol (noodle-like stuff which is made of rice flour and tapioca), palm sugar syrup, coconut milk, and ice cubes. Cendol is widely available in the country during Ramadan month, but a less lazy cook will take the extra mile to make it from scratch, I believe.
You can take the recipe this way. It also includes the instruction to make cendol from scratch.
That’s it. Have fun cooking!