Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kalimbu / Steamed cassava cake stuffed with banana

For the third time, I'm hosting the famous and the grandest food photography event, "Does My Blog Look Good in This ?". It's widely open to all foodie blogger to submit their best food/drink photos. If you haven't send your photo yet, you still have plenty of time before the closing date on January 20, 2013. Somehow, it's a good way to find new food bloggers out there with beautiful images.


Rain and windy days have made the temperature much cooler than usual. The wind was blowing through the trees in front yard and passed the breeze into the house. It was so hard not to pull back my blanket over my head and go back to sleep. I feel so grateful that I'm still able to enjoy this amazingly beautiful day shared with my loved ones.

(Homemade) - Kalimbu / Steamed cassava cake with banana fillingkalimbu5

Cassava root is rich in carbohydrates and it's also a good source of energy. In the country where I grew up, Indonesia, cassava is considered as the primary ingredient of snacks and desserts. Tapai or tape or peuyeum or fermented cassava is the result of cassava fermentation and it can be cooked in many variations of cooking process. Bake, grill or deep fry. In fact, fermented cassava can be mixed into beverages or desserts.

The first recipe I post early this year is a simple Indonesian traditional cake. Kalimbu is steamed cassava cake with banana wrapped inside the grated cassava then coated with shredded coconut from an ethnic group in South Sulawesi, Bugis. The using of cassava in Indonesian traditional cake is very common. If we dig a little deeper, we'll discover some similar cassava cakes in every regions in Indonesia. We have Mata Roda from Malang , Putri Noong from West Java, Songkolo Bandang from South Sulawesi or Putu Tegal.

In West Sumatra, we could find the authentic souvenir made from cassava, it called Keripik Balado or Keripik Sanjai or Cassava chips. Believe me, it's not just chips but more than that. It coated with  sticky spicy red sauce that will make you ask for more and more.

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Enjoy....

22 comments:

  1. What a deliciously exotic treat! I love such little "cakes"...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. If you make it in bite-size then you could eat it in one go :) Thanks for coming, Rosa.

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  2. Beautiful dessert and presentation! Amazing colors and depth of the photos just perfect! Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. keliatan menggoda sekali Tika ....cantik pulak gambarnya

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    1. Hehehe...ini kue kampung. Tapi enak buat ngemil dan gampang juga bikinnya.

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  4. Is cassava the same as tapioca? This is so easy, and imagining the taste, I can say it is very delicious too. I will try making it. :)

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    1. I'm afraid cassava and tapioca are two different things. I used cassava root for this recipe. While tapioca is starch derived from cassava. Let me know if you have something in mind about this recipe :) Good luck !

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  5. Hi Tika,
    Love your space here.

    I have submitted my entry for the DGMBLIT contest. Please let me know if you have received it.

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Manju, glad to have you here. I have replied your mail related to DMBLGiT :)

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  6. Such an interesting treat! You make it look so easy to make but I am sure I will not be able to it so neatly like you did.

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  7. It's very easy, Kana ! No need to be an expert to make this one. :)

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  8. How unique! I have cooked with tapioca but have never tried cassava and have not even heard of fermented cassava :) Would love a taste!

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    1. Hi Rose :)
      Would be glad if you can try some cassava or fermented cassava.

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  9. Hi TIka, I submitted my entry for DMBGIT but can't see my entry in the gallery? Did you get my email yesterday?

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    1. Sorry for the delay, Jehanne.
      My life recently is only in the hospital. My dad had a heart attack and needed a surgery. I've uploaded your photo to the gallery.

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  10. Breathraking photo - esp the first one !!! my jaws just dropped...you are very talented

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    1. Thanks Shema :)
      You're creative and talented as well.

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  11. Oh...just read the msg above. Hope your Dad feels better. Prayers and hugs to you and your family

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    1. Thank you. My dad is in good condition and feeling better and better each day. :)

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  12. I'd never thought it would be possible to a banana inside. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. In Indonesia, banana is a common fruit for traditional cake filling. :) Thanks for coming.

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