The Art of Balinese Cooking – Indulge in your Culinary Passions!

A passionate foodie with a zest for whipping up some delicious food? Then maybe enrolling yourself in a cooking class, the next time you’re in Bali would be a great must-do activity!

 

The Cuisine

Using an aromatic blend of spices, fresh vegetables, meat and seafood, the Balinese cuisine steadfastly demonstrates various indigenous traditions and other influences from the Indonesian region.

 

The Spices

Spices and seasoning play a major role in the cuisine. Basa Gede or Basa Rajang happens to be the cornerstone of many Balinese dishes. The paste includes spices such as garlic, cumin, salam leaves and shrimp paste among others. Bumbu is another seasoning used while sambal matah are popular condiments.

Cooking Schools to Check out

Many cooking schools of repute have sprung up over the recent years in Bali, given the huge number of travellers and tourists, the hub draws in. Several places to check out would include ” Taste of Bali and ”Anika Cooking Class”, both of which can be easily reached from many a Bali resort hotel including the likes of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

 

Popular Dishes

Dishes which have gained fame throughout the world include the Balinese sate or Sate Lilit made from spiced mincemeat pressed on to lemongrass sticks. The Bebek Betutu is duck stuffed with various spices, wrapped in banana leaves and left to roast in a pit of embers.

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Abu Dhabi Cuisine – 4 Must-Try Dishes When in the Emirate!

Simple, healthy and bursting with flavour thanks to a combination of aromatic spices such as cardamom, rose water and dried lemons, here are 4 must try traditional dishes when you are next in Abu Dhabi!

 

Harees

Harees is a traditional dish which makes an appearance at special occasions such as weddings. A mixture of ground wheat, chicken and salt is cooked in a clay pot which is buried in the ground upon a bed of hot coals and left to simmer for a couple of hours. After it is baked, it is served with ghee and makes for a filling meal.

 

Machboos

Machboos is a dish consisting of meat and rice. The meat is first cooked with spices after which the vegetables and rice are added and left to bake in the oven. Unique takes on this dish can be tried out at many 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi including the likes of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, serving authentic Arabian dishes.

 

Salona

A nutritional powerhouse of a bowl, salona is a basically a fragrant meat soup featuring local vegetables such as eggplants, okra and courgettes cooked in a fragrant spice broth.

 

Luqaimat

Basically, balls of dough which are fried and then drizzled generously with date syrup, Luqaimat are a delicate dessert to lighten up your palette. Oft times sesame seeds are added for texture as well.

 

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Best Dishes in Sri Lanka – A Taste of Local Cuisine

The Sri Lankan palate is one that fancies sugar and spice and all that’s nice, yes all this but mostly, spice! Let’s take a look at some of the best Sri Lankan dishes you ought to try on your travels to the island.

Polos curry

This delicacy is prepared with young unripe jackfruit cut into cubes which is then cooked with tasty spices. The spicy curry is usually eaten with rice or occasionally with bread too. It is quite easy to pass of this vegetarian dish as a meat too.

Kottu

This is an unusual street food indeed! It is prepared with godamba rotti (a thin floury dough that is fried) chopped up and stir-fried with vegetables and seasoned with salt and pepper. The dish comes in all sorts of versions like vegetable kottu, egg kottu, and even cheese kottu. It is a favourite among locals and sure to be a favourite with you too!

Sri Lankan chicken curry

This is quite commonly eaten in the normal Sri Lankan diet known in Sinhala as kukul mas curry. The curry is prepared with chicken that is cut up into chunks, seasoned with spices and then left to boil while adding coconut milk for a lovely thick curry. The curry is usually enjoyed with bread, rice, or even with kottu!

 

Pol rotti and lunu miris

This is an authentic food made with flour, and coconut mixed with water, the dough is then baked on a flat frying pan. The rotti is then eaten with lunu miris which is basically chopped onions pounded together with chilli powder and salt for taste.

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Hafiz Issadeen, Dharga Town, Sri Lanka, Curd and treacleCC BY 2.0

Curd and treacle

Usually eaten as a delicious dessert, beautiful golden kithul pani or treacle is drizzled over a serving of creamy, thick and silky curd. It is an explosion of sweetness inside your mouth! If you happen to be holidaying in a hotel, perhaps in AVANI Kalutara Resort, try out these scrumptious Sri Lankan delights. If you are on the go, there are plenty of restaurants in Kalutara or any part of the island that serves these dishes.

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