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Balinese Food – a distinct culinary identity of its own!

Balinese Food – a distinct culinary identity of its own!

The only strongly Hindu-influenced cuisine in Indonesia, Balinese food has a powerful mantra for eating like a local Bali

Although a part of Indonesia, Bali has a distinct cultural identity, influenced in large part by Hinduism, the dominant religion of the province. Balinese cuisine has developed from a similarly complex blend of culinary traditions. It is a spicier regional offshoot of Indonesian fare but has evolved independently, assimilating from several cuisines including Indian, Chinese and Polynesian.

Indonesia - a mixture of cultures and natural beauty

Indonesia – a mixture of cultures and natural beauty

Balinese cuisine is rustic and simple, making liberal use of coconut, sambal and peanuts. Ingredients typical to Southeast Asian cuisines, such as lemongrass, banana and pandan leaves, turmeric, red chillies, coconut and coconut milk, coriander, peanuts, shrimp paste and basil, all feature prominently in the food.

The popularity of curried meats and vegetables in Balinese cuisine indicates a clear Indian influence. For instance, turmeric has a significant role to play in Balinese fare. The simplest use of the spice is in the preparation of nasi kuning (yellow rice), a festive dish flavored with Continue reading “Balinese Food – a distinct culinary identity of its own!” »