Indonesian Cuisine- A Spicy Delight

Food is our necessity; everyone loves to eat delicious food. Nowadays the restaurants and food chains are earnings the most revenue of the country. Different cultures have their own traditional food but whenever you are talking about delicious spicy food, the first country that comes to the mind is Indonesia. The Indonesia is a beautiful country with thousands of island. The mixture of cultural and geographical assortment makes the Indonesian food the most delicious and unique food. Tourists from all over the world are attracted towards Indonesia not only because of its beauty but also due to its spicy food. The tour of Indonesia remains tasteless without eating its traditional spicy food.


Special spices:

 Indonesian meals are although simple yet very tasty. The use of a variety of spices, roots, leaves, and grasses adds relish to the dishes. Due to the volcanic soil and humid climate, it has plenty of locally grown vegetables, spices, and tropical fruits. Dried spices such as coriander seeds, cinnamon quills, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, nutmeg cloves are used in many dishes prepared daily; each curry has a variety of fresh herbs and dried spices. The most commonly used species in a variety of dishes are chili pepper, coriander (having pale orange flavor), ginger, cumin, tamarind, cloves, kaffir lime leaves, pandan leaves, salam leaves, suji leaves, slaked lime, cinnamon, candlenuts, turmeric, pepper, and chilies. Moreover, the most Indonesian foods are made with divergent flavors, as hot or spicy sweet sauce served with white plain rice. The spicy food with plain rice makes a perfect combination to please the taste buds.


Pickles and chillies:

As Indonesians believe in setting motion in the plate with the warmth of pickles sour crunch and chilies, so meals generally comprise of sambal, rice and pickles accompanying little amounts of seafood, vegetables or meat, often in the form of curry. People eat with their hand or fork and spoon. Some of the strong flavor in their food comes from sour and very sweet ingredients like thick sweet soy sauce also known as kecap manis. Whereas, the sour taste in the dishes come from lime, tamarind and the aromatics from ginger, shallots, galangal, turmeric, pandan, lime leaves and lemon grass.


Famous spicy foods:

Indonesian famous spicy food is commonly prepared by the method of grilling, frying, steaming, simmering and some time stewing (with coconut milk). The most demanded fried food includes basic spice pasta served with rice and different meats like goat, chicken or beef. The dishes are completed by adding any delicious spicy sauce ( a mixture of different spices) and coconut milk.

The Indonesian foods are normally served with rice. Rice is an almost main element of all the meals in a day including breakfast. The fried rice also known as nasi goreng is the Indonesian national dish and is available all over from street hawker carts to restaurants or dinner parties. It consists of stir-fried rice, flavored with sweet soy sauce, garlic, shallot, chilies and tamarind, accompanied by further ingredients, chiefly prawns, chicken, egg,  or salted dried fish.

Another famous spicy food that is attracting the tourist taste is sambals. Sambals is a delicious chili based cuisine that is either store-bought or freshly made. Sambals have different varieties, which are all made up of a mixture of different types of chili pepper with the fruits, spices or vegetables.

Therefore, anyone who visits Indonesia must try its spicy food.

I would like to think of myself as a bit of a foodie. I enjoy food. I don’t shy away from trying new things and spreading my wings. I am not going to stop myself from eating something amazing because it may be high in sodium or calories. Like all good things in life, you need to pace yourself and eat everything in moderation.

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