Jenang Biji Salak

Biji Salak
Serves 4

Another of my favorite ‘Jajanan Pasar’, sweets sold in morning markets. Well, actually I love them all. Anyway, salak is actually a fruit of a short palm tree native to Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. It is the size of a lemon with brown skin resembling those of a snake skin. It has a sweet and sour taste. If you eat too much you will have constipation. The fruit has a big seed that is inedible.

‘Biji salak’ means pit of a salak fruit. This sweet congee is made out of mashed sweet potato turned into small balls as big as the salak pit. The congee is made out of coconut sugar and some coconut milk is poured into the congee. You will find these congee sold in morning markets and stalls that sells food for breaking fast during Ramadhan period.

Ingredients:
500 gr sweet potato
100 gr starch
1 1/2 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

375 gr coconut/brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
750 ml water
2-3 tbs starch

200 ml light coconut milk
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare:
-clean the sweet potato
-cut it into 3 cm pieces, keep the skin
-steam for 30 minutes, take out, cool off
-peel the skin off
-mashed the sweet potato
-add starch, sugar, salt and vanilla
-kneed the mashed potato and turn them into small oval shapes
-boil water
-drop some of the oval sweet potato and boil until they float
-take out, drain, set aside

-in a pan, boil coconut/brown sugar, salt, vanilla, and water
-dilute starch and add into the boiling water, stir gently until you get the consistency you want
-add the oval sweet potato into the coconut/brown sugar water, stir gently

-boil coconut milk with salt
-let it cool off

How to serve:
-in a bowl pour the oval sweet potato congee
-pour a little coconut milk on top

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4 thoughts on “Jenang Biji Salak

  1. This dessert looks fantastic. Actually I think I ate this dessert, while in Bali. I also love the salak fruit. For some reason it tastes like grape candy to me and it has that lovely sweet smell when you peel away the skin. Take care, BAM

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