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20 July 2017
What is Raya without ketupat? Wrapped in a leafy, green pouch that’s handmade from coconut leaves, these iconic steamed rice dumplings complete each Raya celebration. While it’s great on its own, it’s made better with the assortment of rendang, serunding or curry available.
Pairing ketupat with rendang is a Raya favourite, but if you’d like to have something different on your ketupat, kuah lodeh is the perfect alternative! This rich, coconut milk curry dish is filled with all sorts of delicious ingredients such as long beans, carrots, cabbage, tempeh, tofu and glass noodles. If you feel like it, you can also jazz up this dish by adding sambal or peanut sauce for more bursts of flavour.
Rendang is a way of cooking meat in coconut milk, resulting in a rich and aromatic stew. The most common during Hari Raya is beef rendang but you could also find chicken rendang. The ideal accompaniment to this dish is anything rice-based, be it plain rice, ketupat or even white bread! Best served hot.
The official candy of Hari Raya, this sticky confection has a toffee-like consistency. In the olden days the process to make it was laborious but today it’s much easier with industrial help. Made from coconut milk, palm sugar and rice flour, it could also come in different flavours like durian or chocolate.
What’s hard on the outside but light as a feather on the inside? Kuih bangkit, of course! Every open house at Raya would most probably have a glass jar of this sweet, hard cookie that crumbles in your mouth. The secret is in its ingredients of tapioca flour, eggs and coconut milk.
It’s easy to see why pineapple tarts are extremely popular during Hari Raya. The soft outer layer and the sweet pineapple jam filling complement each other perfectly, and once you start munching, it’s hard to stop! These sweet treats range from pineapple tart rolls to flower-shaped tarts, and even pineapple-shaped tarts, which makes the snacking experience even more fun.
Whether you prefer chicken, beef, fish or mutton, there’s something for everyone. Take your pick of this mouth-watering grilled skewered meat, dip into the accompanying spiced peanut sauce, and then repeat! Pair with ketupat and fresh cucumber slices for a complete meal.
Serunding is made of spicy beef or chicken floss, and sometimes, there’s even a little grated coconut thrown in. The thin, airy consistency of serunding lends a delicious savoury touch to any meal you put it on. Sprinkle it over ketupat, lontong or lemang, and enjoy the crunch!
With a cooking process similar to creating an artwork, yellow rolls of Roti Jala light up the room whenever a fresh batch is brought in. This crepe-like pancake is typically rolled up or folded and eaten with curry, rendang or peanut sauce. Its spongy consistency makes it great at soaking up gravy.
What do you get when you add banana leaves, hollowed bamboo and glutinous rice together? Lemang, of course! The cylindrical cousin of ketupat, lemang is a rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in bamboo sticks. As there’s no shortage of curries and stews during Raya, you can drench your lemang in your stew of choice and munch away.
All these traditional Raya dishes are definitely a treat especially after a month of fasting, but don’t forget that moderation is essential for a balanced wellbeing. Remember to balance out your festive food indulgence by:
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
Adding leafy vegetables & fresh fruits to your meals to aid digestion
Taking only what you can eat from a buffet
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