Wednesday, September 1, 2010


The tradition around the later part of Ramadhan, when Eid-ul-Fitri, the celebration to end a month of fasting draws near is for mums to start baking cookies or goodies for this joyous occasion.

My mum is no exception, she would spend days in the kitchen baking, making cookies and the aroma that fills the house was a bit hard on a kid who is holding up her was not an easy feat, I must tell you. But the fruit of your patience is a sweet one...come iftar time, to savour those cookies is a welcomed treat.

I dont know about you but when posed this question, are you a sweets or savoury type of answer is a definite savoury!

So here's sharing with you my most favourite Eid-ul-Fitri delight/snack, the rempeyek - peanut in a crispy batter topped with anchovies and spices.

125 g rice flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp whole cummin seeds
1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds
2 cups anchovies
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 partially roasted peanuts

Mix all the ingredients together except for the peanuts and leave batter to rest for at least 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a small pan until its hot, scoop half a ladle of batter, add some peanuts & top with 1-2 anchovies to the batter.
Pour batter into oil in a circular motion, let batter set before turning to fry the other side. Snack can be removed as soon as it has hardened, need not to be golden brown cos it has to be browned in the oven.
Repeat making the snacks and when all is done, brown in a 180C pre heated oven until they are golden brown and crispy.

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