In today’s blog we are going to explore desserts from 2 countries very close to my heart- India and Indonesia.
Being born and bred in Indonesia whilst having an Indian ethnic background is one of the top reasons why these two countries are so special to me.
Growing up I was able to experience the rich culture of these two countries. I can’t possibly describe in a word or two what makes me a proud Indian and a proud Indonesian.
As the name suggest, there are many things that make India an incredible nation. The top 3 things that comes to my mind when I think of India is Bollywood, Taj Mahal and the Indian cuisine.
India is a huge country with 1,241,491,960 people, 28 states and 30 different languages but what unites Indian people is Indian food. Within India itself there are various different cuisines. However, this particular dessert is known and eaten in every part of India. The dessert is called Gulab Jamun.
Gulab Jamun is often described as soft dumplings/donughts. The name Gulab Jamun comes from Persian word ‘Gulab’ which translates to ‘rose water’ and Jamun (Indian word) an Indian fruit having similar shape and size to the dessert.
The main ingredients are saffron, which is a flower that creates a golden hue used in Gulab Jamun. Another main ingredient used is Khoya. Khoya is similar to cheese but made out of milk instead of whey. The syrup is made from rose water and contains high amounts of sugar.
This dessert is also known as the festival dessert because it is usually served in big festivals such as Diwali and Eid, it is also served at weddings.
Indonesia Truly Asia
With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, it is the largest archipelago in the world. With almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world. Apart from its amazing tropical forests and its exotic culture, its cuisine is not to be missed out.
Most of the desserts found in Indonesia are very sweet in taste and usually very colourful. An interesting fact is that a lot of the Indonesian dishes and desserts are heavily influenced by the Dutch (Colonial Period). Kueh is one of the desserts found in Indonesia influenced by the Dutch people. It looks something like this. The dessert above is a type of Kueh called Kueh Lapis. Lapis in Indonesian means layers, as you can see it has different layers shown through their colours.
The ingredients used varies according to the Kueh. In a Kueh Lapis the main ingredient is coconut milk, the easiest Kueh Lapis recipe I have come across is in this link – http://whattocooktoday.com/kue-lapis-steamed-layered-cake.html go check it out!
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