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Ketan Kunyit Kari Ayam Recipe

In many Chinese households, when a baby reaches one month old, it will be celebrated by preparing boxed meals of ketan kunyit (turmeric sticky rice) and kari ayam (curry chicken).

Usually, the meal will also include one hard boiled egg dyed with red color, and one ang ku kue (red tortoise cake).

These boxed meals are then distributed to relatives and friends by the happy family so everyone get to celebrate and wish for the baby’s good health throughout his/her life.

Living so far away from most of my family and friends mean it has been ages since I receive this meal, so I decided to make it and just enjoy it, sans one month old baby. 😀

Ketan Kunyit dan Kari Ayam – Turmeric Sticky Rice and Chicken Curry

The one month old celebration tradition

Back in the days when infant mortality rate is high, many family goes all out to celebrate the day when their baby turns one month old. This was because if a baby can succesfully pass the one month mark without any hitch, the chance of the baby surviving into adulthood is going to be high. At least, that was the believe in the old days.

Back in the days, outsiders don’t even get to see the baby before this day. So the celebration is the very first time people get to meet the baby and even the mother since giving birth. Friends and relatives that are invited to the celebration bring gifts, and the family will distribute this boxed meal set to all well-wishers.

Nowadays, many families don’t prepare these boxed meal at home anymore. Instead, there are caterers that offer the one month old celebration package to make thing easier.

Ketan Kunyit dan Kari Ayam - Turmeric Sticky Rice and Chicken Curry

Ketan Kunyit dan Kari Ayam – Turmeric Sticky Rice and Chicken Curry

Not just for celebration

I was always happy when I received this one month old celebration boxed meal. I simply love the ketan kunyit and kari ayam that is almost always included. But if this combo is such a win, I don’t see why I can’t make it more often at home, just to be enjoyed because it simply is good food.

Of course, if you happen to have a healthy one month old baby and want to celebrate, feel free to make this and share your happiness and joy with family and friends.

Ketan Kunyit dan Kari Ayam - Turmeric Sticky Rice and Chicken Curry

Ketan Kunyit dan Kari Ayam – Turmeric Sticky Rice and Chicken Curry

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Bubur Ketan Hitam – Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge Recipe

Bubur Ketan Hitam – Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Bubur ketan hitam, also known as bubur pulut hitam or bubur injun, is a popular Indonesian sweet porridge from black glutinous rice (or black sticky rice), palm sugar, scented with pandan leaves, and eaten with thick coconut milk.

This simple dessert is not only popular in Indonesia, but also throughout most other Southeast Asian and East Asian countries. Like most Asian dessert, bubur ketan hitam also happens to be gluten-free and vegan friendly.

Bubur Ketan Hitam - Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Bubur Ketan Hitam – Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Black glutinous rice

The main ingredient for this dessert is the black glutinous rice, or black sticky rice.

Almost any Asian grocery store should carry this, most likely in the rice section, and possibly just next to the white sticky rice (sometimes also known as sweet rice).

Since black glutinous rice takes quite a bit of time to cook, we usually soak it for at least 4 hours, preferrably overnight, to shorten the cooking time. I usually wash and rinse them before I go to bed and soak in cold water overnight, then cook the rice the following day.

Bubur Ketan Hitam - Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Bubur Ketan Hitam – Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Pandan leaves

I understand that sometimes it can be hard to procure weird ingredients, like pandan leaves. And although you may be tempted to skip it since we only use 2 leaves for the whole recipe, I highly suggest you hunt down said leaves for this recipe.

Sure black glutinous rice is very fragrant on its own, but pandan leaves is our version of vanilla, and your bubur ketan hitam will definitely be different if you don’t cook it with some pandan leaves.

In most Asian grocery stores that I have frequented over the years, and over many cities throughout United States, they are usually in the freezer alongside frozen banana leaves.

Bubur Ketan Hitam - Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Bubur Ketan Hitam – Glutinous Black Rice Sweet Porridge

Coconut milk/coconut cream

Coconut milk and bubur ketan hitam just goes hand in hand. For those of us who grow up eating bubur ketan hitam for breakfast (and tea time, or even for supper), bubur ketan hitam is just not complete without a big dollop of thick coconut milk.

If you can find coconut cream instead of coconut milk, even better!

In my photos, I added toasted sesame seeds, and slices of toasted almond. These are not common, but I have to say, the sesame seeds and the almond slices give an extra nuttiness edge to the already nutty bubur ketan hitam. But if you have nuts allergy, definitely don’t add them.

As is, the basic combination of bubur ketan hitam plus coconut milk/cream is already super delicious.

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