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Putri Mandi (mendut) #Indonesianfood / Glutinous balls with thick coconut sauce

Putri mandi is one of Indonesian traditional snack (Jajan pasar). It's glutinous rice ball fill with sweet coconut then flash with creamy coconut sauce. In (east and middle ) java island mostly people call it also "mendut"

In my homeland-Surabaya- this mendut mostly warped with banana leaf before steamed. But since I can not find banana leaf here in Turkey, so I make a little modification on cooking it.. and here it is my Putri mandi or mendut 's version don't worry, it's just as good as the original version :)

Ingredients for filling:
• 2 cups roughly grated coconut (you can use fresh or dry one)
• 1 pandan leaf (you can use vanilla if you don't purchase pandan)
• Pinch of salt
• about 200 gr* gula jawa/ palm sugar-->finely shredded (you can use dark brown sugar too)
• 1 cup water

(*)you can add more sugar if you like more sweet dough
In medium pan, stir water and gula jawa/ palm sugar until all sugar dissolve. Add other ingredients and cook over medium heat until it thickened. Cool it and shape them as small as marble (slightly smaller then the skin dough you will make later)

Homemade Egg Noodle and simple fried noodle / membuat mie telur sendiri

Noodle.. in Bahasa Indonesia I call it Mie [read: mee] . Is a long, thin rolled dough and cooked in boiling water. Arabic, Chinese and Italian claimed that they are noodles' inventor, although the oldest written about mie come from the Eastern Han Dynasty, between AD 25 and AD 220. In October 2005, the oldest noodles estimated 4,000 years old was found in Qinghai, China. (source:Wikipedia)

Anyway, regardless of the first inventors of noodles ... let's us make our own egg noodles at home ... this might be the first favorite in your home. And for more how to use (cook) this homemade noodle, I also include one simple fried noodle recipe below. 

Before making favorite noodle recipe you have.. let's make our egg noodle. I have my pasta rolling machine to help me doing rolling and cut the noodles. But don't worry if you don't have one, you can just simply roll the dough with rolling pin and cut the dough with sharp knife. You can see my other homemade egg noodle post without pasta rolling machine here.

Gulai / Kare Kambing Berempah / Indonesian style Spiced Lamb Curry

First I'd like to say Happy Eid al Adha (feast of sacrifice) for all muslim readers. Bayramınız Mubarek Olsun.

Muslim’s today sacrifice a sheep or a goat, the meat of which is shared among friends, family, and the poor, with each receiving a third. People sacrifice animals but are required to make arrangements to ensure it is slaughtered humanely.
The Greater Eid also marks the end of Hajj, the five-day religious journey that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

This year 2014 we celebrate Eid al Adha at Friday 3rd October. Eid al Adha is one of religious holiday that Muslims celebrate each year beside Eid al Fitr. For you who wants to know more about our Eid al Adha you can visit this page to have more knowledge.

Elhamdulillah, this year my husband's family sacrifice few goats. Beside we shared to whom in need, we also get some part of it. Unlike years before, this time I didn't make satay as my "a must food" in every sacrifice feast. But this food also mostly make and served during sacrifice feast in Indonesia together with satay. You can check my lamb satay recipe here.

For some Indonesian friends who visited us I made this Spiced Lamb Curry. If you search on google about this "gulai" you might find many kind of different recipe of it. Yes we have many kind of "gulai" some of them are in yellow colored and some of "gulai" have different spices and taste depends on local area. What I made here is spiced gulai cause I use some spices which is dry fried/ toasted (without oil) then grinded into fine powder. This recipe actually I copied from my mom. And as home "chef" she couldn't mentioned about how much exactly the ingredients being used.. She just said this A"about this much" or that B"more or less" bla..bla.bla..  So I must try to measure it by my self and adjust the taste exactly like my mom made :)

Make about 15 portions.

  • 800 gr lamb/ mutton meat (you can add some ribs and bones too) / daging kambing dengan tulang
  • about 700 gr mix offal such as heart, tripe, lung (optional) / jerohan
  • 1 tbsp tamarind water (dissolved a thumb of tamarind in 1/4 cup of water ) / asam jawa, larutakan dalam 1/4 cup air
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, crushed / sereh digeprak
  • 1 cinnamon stick (about 5 cm) / 1 (5cm)batang kayu manis
  • star anise 4 ~ 5 / bunga lawang
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves /daun salam
  • 2 cm fresh ginger / jahe
  • about 1 1/2 tbsp sugar (to taste) / gula sesuai selera
  • about 2 tbsp salt (to taste) / garam 2 sdt atau sesuai selera
  • about 1/2 cup of cooking oil / minyak goreng
  • about 500 ml thin coconut milk / santan encer
  • about 1 cups dried / fresh grated coconut. Toasted and finely grind. Set a side / 1 cup kelapa kering (bisa juga yg segar), sangrai hingga kering dan kecoklatan, lalu haluskan dan sisikan.

Sawi Putih tumis Kembang Tahu / Stir-fry Napa cabbage with beancurd skin

I bought this napa cabbage 2 weeks ago in farmer market downtown. Pretty expensive though since summer is over at last September. Before summer and during summer I can get this napa cabbage around 2 lira (approx 2 USD) per piece but last two weeks ago they sold 4 lira/ pc. So I bought 2 pieces with had no idea what will I do with those later. I was planning to make another Kimchi or other salad.

And today I cooked one of them this stir-fry mix with beancurd sheet. I just love it. It's simply and quick dish to make and comfort me enough during "getting cold" days in this fall in Turkey.

Make 2~4 portions

- About 300 grams napa cabbage, roughly cut (I separated middle stem from leaves)
- 1 sheet of bean curd, soak in water for 5 mnts, drain and roughly cut in smaller pieces.
- About 150 grams of chicken breast/ leg, cut lengthwise 
- Chicken / beef / fish meatballs 4 ~ 6 pieces, cut into chunks 
- 1 small onion, finely chopped 
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped 
- 1 teaspoon black pepper 
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- 1 tsp sugar (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce 
- 1 tbsp sesame, plus for sprinkle when serve 
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil 
- 1 tbsp sesame oil

Indonesian Honeycomb Caramel Cake / Bolu Sarang Semut (cake karamel)

Selam everybody..Merhaba from Turkey....

Sarang semut mean ants nest in Indonesian or others call this bolu karamel (caramel cake). I think you already get idea why it calls "ants nest" :)

Before  put into the oven, I let the batter about 3 hours so "the crater nest" or honeycomb will perfectly formed. 

And beware cause this cake is kinda addictive cake. Once you eat it, you gonna love it and you will make it more and more.... ^,^ real story!

Indonesian Honeycomb Caramel Cake / Bolu Sarang Semut (cake karamel)

Making this actually really simple. But for some people might be a bit tricky especially making caramel correctly and not burning it. So for you who already make caramel-like dozen times, I think it wouldn't be a problem for you.

Sorry for this post I didn't put step by step photo cause I'm kinda bit busy doing something else while making this cake. Maybe next time I'll add some step by step picture to guide you more clear. Meanwhile bookmarked this recipe cause you gonna love this cake!

Make 1 loaf pan

      for caramel

  • 250 gr caster sugar
  • 200 ml hot water
      Ingredients B

Garlic Butter Pizza Bread Stick

Happy Saturday. May you have a great weekend with your family and everybody you love. 

Since having a growing child in our house, I start a little bit busy making "schedule" to provide her snack or food start from breakfast till dinner. I think you are too when you have one like me :)

I never want my kid to eat any store bought snack-- try not too much though. That's why I regularly make something for her. Some food which I can make a head and can be stored in freezer. I think making our own snack (food) is more healthy-- that's my 1st concern about food for my kid. And other reason is maybe more economical in budget :)

Well, talking about snack today I want to share one of our fave one. It's surprisingly become new favorite in our house, not only by my kid, but also for her baba :)
Try it, maybe it'll become most request also in your house :)

You can use any pizza dough recipe you have--or you can browse my other pizza dough recipe in Basic dough label. Or you can use recipe below..it's just incredibly easy and fun for cooking project with your little one too. :) 

Make about 23 sticks

For Basic Pizza Dough:
  • 1 cup warm milk (or water)
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 Tbsp glucose / honey / sugar ( I use honey)
  • 340 gr all purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil other vegetable oil

For topping:
  • 3 cloves of Garlic. finely grated/ chopped
  • 100 gr salted butter, room temperature. (if you use unsalted butter, add pinch of salt, or no need more salt if you have strong salty cheese)
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika powder 
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil

>>Mix all until well blended. Divide it into 2 equal parts. Set a side

Sandwich White Bread / Roti empuk tanpa telur

Resep dlm Bhs Indonesia ada di bagian bawah

Selam everybody.......Merhaba from Türkiye

Yes, I make my own bread to served daily for my family...even mostly I still eat rice more than I eat bread because my stubborn Asian stomach still can not fully adaptable with just eat bread in one whole day :). 

I have some other bread recipe also, artisan no-knead bread that you can check here, here and here. Besides those recipes, you can search my other bread recipes for your meal idea for family.

And today I want to share another bread recipe. Our family's fave sandwich white bread.

Sandwich White Bread / Roti empuk tanpa telur



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