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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