MasBar - PISANG RAI (Balinese Boiled Banana with Grated Coconut)
This is my very first time making Pisang Rai that I follow all the suggested instructions and ingredients in the cookbook - except (may be) for the kind of the banana used. The cookbook suggest to use Pisang Raja (if I translate it loosely into English it’ll be: King Banana, LOL!) and Pisang Kepok Tua. I used banana whose picture you can see below – I don’t know what it’s called, anyone? Indonesian fellows? I can only call it: this/that banana, hehehe (poor vocabulary mastery :p). In Indonesia, a kind of banana can have some names (Indonesian name, Javanese name, Sumatran name, etc etc etceteraaaa…. *dizzy* --> you know lah, Indonesia has thousands of islands with numerous ethnics of people with different regional languages. But that’s the beauty possessed by Indonesia :D). I got the recipe from my cookbook collection: “Jajanan Kaki Lima khas Bali” by Linda Carolina Brotodjojo.
Balinese Boiled Banana with Grated Coconut
4 ripe bananas (pisang raja, pisang kepok tua, or you can use plantain)
Water, to boil the bananas (for this one, use your “feeling-o-meter” :D)
100 gram grated coconut, steamed with a pinch of salt (peel the brown outer layer)
4 pandan leaves or screwpine leaves, knotted
Salt to taste
70 gram rice flour
70 ml water
½ tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Bring to boil water, add in salt and knotted screwpine leaves. Meanwhile, make the batter: mix well rice flour, water, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Put the peeled bananas into the batter. Coat the bananas with the batter evenly then transfer them into the boiling screwpine leaves water. Boil the bananas until done and floating. Coat the cooked bananas with steamed grated coconut evenly and cut as you desire. Enjoy!
Note: I got confused too about the exact measurement of the water for boiling the bananas. In the cookbook, it’s only stated: water, to boil the bananas (???). So, I used my feeling-o-meter :D.
Pisang Rai is good to be enjoyed both warm and (according to me) chilled :D. If you like it sweet, you can sprinkle it with sugar before it’s served. It’s the tea or coffee time’s perfect mate.