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Cool Down With a Spicy Indonesian Fruit Dessert


In many countries where the weather is very hot, the food is super spicy. As crazy as it may seem, the heat from the food actually results in cooling the body down. Spicy and sweet desserts are popular in the islands of Indonesia. One such dessert from Sumatra, is a hot fruit salad called Rujak Medan. Rich papaya, juicy pineapple, crispy jimaca, and tart apples are tossed in a simple processed sauce of roasted peanuts, hot chilies, brown sugar, and banana. To cool down by heating things up, make this exotic dessert. Get the recipe, just


Rujak Medan (Spicy Fruit Salad)
From the International Vegetarian Union
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1 small cucumber, sliced thin
1 cup thinly sliced jicama
1 cup cubed firm ripe papaya
1 star apple (carambola), sliced
1 to 2 cups cubed fresh or canned ripe pineapple
1 firm green pear, cubed
1 firm tart apple, cubed
For the sauce:
3 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts
1 or 2 hot red chilies, sliced and seeded
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 1/2 cup water and strained
1 small green banana, sliced

  1. Arrange the cucumber and any 3 or more of the fruits in separate heaps on a serving platter.
  2. In a food processor chop fine the peanuts, then blend in the chilies, brown sugar, tamarind, liquid, and banana to form a paste.
  3. Toss the fruit and sauce together and serve the salad at room temperature.

Serves 6.

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Join The Conversation
dekisugi dekisugi 10 years
im indonesian and it's so yummy.. but i'll (later) recomend you for another fruit dessert (Rujak) cos there are many Rujak taste in indonesia..
Food Food 10 years
pinkflats - this week is just about foreign destinations in general (not specifically Asia). Today was Indonesia, and tomorrow takes us back to the other side of the world, but to find out where we "go" you'll just have to tune in! Last time we "went" to Brazil, Vietnam, Morocco and Greece. Hope you enjoy our travel series!
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
So is this whole week about Asian food, Yum? I like the idea. I wonder which other six countries you'll feature as there are so many Asian countries. As for the food, too spicy for my liking.
love2camp love2camp 10 years
I love that today is Indonesian food, I'm Indonesian - so it's good to see!
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