Coconut Sticky Black Rice Pudding

I was fortunate to have holidays in Bali before it became a tourist nightmare. Back in the days when the culture was still strong and visible and the rowdy tourists were fewer and stuck to the beaches. Back in the days when it was possible to see forbidden villages, inner sanctums of temples, people making tofu and tempeh in their back yards and to come across beautiful cultural performances without tourists.

Also to come across a range of ingredients and cooking techniques that were at the time fairly unknown outside of Indonesia. Amongst those was the afternoon servings of locally made sweet items including a coconut black rice dish (Bubu Injin).

I tried to bring some local black rice back with me, but of course it was not permitted by customs. Luckily, glutinous rices are now available from Asian shops, as are pandan leaves and palm sugar.

Similar recipes include Char Grilled Stone Fruit with Scented Yoghurt, Balinese Sweet Red Rice, Black Rice with Chinese Flavours, Black Glutinous Rice Congee, Mushrooms with Black Glutinous Rice, and Pandan Rice Pudding.

Browse all of our Balinese recipes, our Glutinous Rice dishes and our Rice Puddings.

Continue reading “Coconut Sticky Black Rice Pudding”

Pineapple and Cucumber Salad with Tamarind Chilli Dressing

Tamarind is a natural match with tropical fruits, and this salad is hot, sour and tangy. It is a take on an Indonesian salad, and is perfect in Summer when we have the sweetest of pineapples available. The cucumber is seeded before being diced.

What a delicious dish this is, the tamarind and vinegar adding the sour notes and the chilli the hot notes – these play beautifully with the sweetness of the pineapple and the coolness of the cucumber.

Similar recipes include Hawaiian Chilli Pineapple Salad, Tamarind and Lime Dressing, Cucumber Salad with Rice Vinegar, and Balinese Sambal Iris.

Browse our Pineapple recipes and our Cucumber dishes. Our Indonesian dishes ar ehere. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.

Continue reading “Pineapple and Cucumber Salad with Tamarind Chilli Dressing”

Balinese Sambal Dabo Lilang | Indonesian Tomato Relish with Lime, Chilli and Basil

Indonesian sambals are  fiery blends of fresh hot chillies and other seasonings that are used as relishes or condiments throughout Indonesia. There are dozens of different sambal recipes; some raw, and some cooked. A sambal is served in much the same way we might use sriracha or tabasco sauce.

They are generally easy to make, especially the raw ones, and this sambal takes no more than 5 minutes. The onions and chillies cure in the lime juice, making it incredibly delicious. Drizzle it over everything for spicy hot flavours. This recipe is the same as Sambal Iris, except that it has basil added to it. It changes the flavour and makes it even more delicious (if that is possible).

Similar recipes include Balinese Sweet Red Rice, Chilli Jam, Chilli Paste, Sambel Tomat, Sambal Iris, and Sweet Chilli Sauce.

All of our Chilli dishes are here, or you might like our Balinese recipes. We have some Sambals here too. Or explore our Late Spring collection of dishes.

Continue reading “Balinese Sambal Dabo Lilang | Indonesian Tomato Relish with Lime, Chilli and Basil”

Sambal Tomat | Vegetarian Version of Balinese Tomato Chilli Sambal

This is a great Balinese Sambal based on tomatoes and shallots. It has been vegetarianised, using miso and seaweed flakes to add the salty sea taste to the sambal. This is not so unusual as miso, tofu and tempeh are made in Bali backyards.

You can add other items to this sambal, such as diced eggplant, ginger, curry leaves, even watercress and nuts. This is the basic version, and it can be served with any meal e.g. white rice, nasi lemak (Balinese Coconut Rice), nasi minyak (Balinese ghee rice), thosai, roti chanai.

Similar recipes include Hawaiian Chilli Water, Balinese Sambal Dabo Lilang, Chilli Jam, Chilli PasteSweet Chilli Sauce, and Balinese Sambal Iris.

All of our Chilli dishes are here, or you might like our Balinese recipes. We have some Sambals here too. Or explore our Early Autumn collection of dishes.

This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can browse more of the Retro Recipes series, our vegetarian recipes from that first blog.

Continue reading “Sambal Tomat | Vegetarian Version of Balinese Tomato Chilli Sambal”

Balinese Sambal Iris | Onion, Tomato and Chilli Condiment

An Indonesian sambal is a fiery blend of fresh hot chillies and other seasonings which are used as relishes or condiments throughout Indonesia. There are dozens of different sambal recipes; some raw, and some cooked. A sambal is served and used in much the same way we might use Sriracha or tabasco sauce.

They are generally easy to make, especially the raw ones, and this sambal takes no more than 5 minutes. The onions and chillies cure in the lime juice, making it incredibly delicious. Drizzle it over everything for spicy hot flavours.

Of course, our ingredients here are different to the ingredients available in Bali. Our chillies are different, our onions are different, rices are different, and so forth. So when we cook Balinese dishes there will be a difference to the traditional ones. But the flavours will still be so good. Plus, that gives us some leeway to play with the traditional recipe, adding freely available, local ingredients. I love to include cumquat juice and zest and kaffir lime leaves. Coriander and/or Basil leaves go nicely too.

Similar recipes include Balinese Sambal Dabo Lilang, Chilli Jam, Chilli Paste, Sambel Tomat, and Sweet Chilli Sauce.

All of our Chilli dishes are here, or you might like our Balinese recipes. We have some Sambals here too. Or explore our Late Spring collection of dishes.

Continue reading “Balinese Sambal Iris | Onion, Tomato and Chilli Condiment”

Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea

A tea to take you back to Bali

The combination of strong ginger flavours with lemongrass is quintessential Balinese. This recipe from a trip to Bali is a tea that still features often at our place. Not only is it such a peaceful tea, engendering bliss and well being, it is great for the appetite and digestive system.

Similar Teas include Tulsi, Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea, Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea, Unusual Herbal Teas, Longan and Young Ginger Tea, and Ginger and Tulsi Tea.

Try Balinese Sweet Red Rice, and Balinese Sambal Iris also.

You might like our other Tea recipes here. Or browse our other Balinese recipes here. Explore our Late Summer dishes too. Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series.

Continue reading “Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea”

Know your Soy Sauces | Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Light, Dark, Sweet

Soy sauce is a lot like wine. The longer it ages, the more interesting and complex its flavor. There are Chinese and Japanese Soy Sauces, rather different from each other. To add to the mix, there are light, dark and sweet soy sauces.

Soy sauce is a lot like wine. The longer it ages, the more interesting and complex its flavour. Soy sauces vary in richness of flavour, saltiness and viscosity depending on the place of their manufacture and the care with which they are produced.

Soy Sauces are essential parts of the cuisine in various countries, including China, Indonesia and Japan, and each country has an approach to making soy sauce that is rather different from the others. Just to confuse matters more, there are light, dark and sweet soy sauces.

You can browse our recipes using Soy Sauce here.

Continue reading “Know your Soy Sauces | Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Light, Dark, Sweet”

How to Make Gado-Gado

There is nothing like a good Gado-Gado – an Indonesian dish with a spicy peanut sauce. Make it at home for that special taste.

There is nothing like a fresh Gado-Gado. Make it at home for that special taste.

Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Indonesian recipes here. Or you might like to browse Peanut recipes here. Check out our easy Spring recipes here.

Continue reading “How to Make Gado-Gado”

About Cloves

This is the small, brown, nail-shaped spice, once found only in the islands of the Moluccas, east of Bali.

A clove is the small, brown, nail-shaped spice, once found only in the islands of the Moluccas, east of Bali, and is one of the most prized and ancient spices of the East. It is used as a flavouring in a variety of Balinese, SE Asian and Indian dishes, and in the West as flavourings in sweet dishes. It is also used to make clove-scented cigarettes, popular in Indonesia. Indian cuisine rarely uses cloves in desserts but it is used in savoury and rice dishes. Many countries use cloves for pickling.

Continue reading “About Cloves”

Cassia Bark and Leaves | What is the Balinese Bay Leaf | Indonesian Bay Leaf

Cassia – Bark and Leaves. Quite useful if you can get them.

The Cassia plant produces both bark which can be used in place of cinnamon, and a leaf called the Balinese or Indonesian Bay Leaf. This bay leaf is unrelated to the European Sweet Laurel Bay leaf.

You might also like to read:

Feel free to browse information and vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006 in our Retro Recipes series. You might also like to explore our Indian Essentials.

Continue reading “Cassia Bark and Leaves | What is the Balinese Bay Leaf | Indonesian Bay Leaf”