Sunday, March 13, 2016

Indonesian Bubur Kacang Hijau (Sweet Mung Bean Porridge) with Black Glutinous Rice Porridge

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Weekend is a perfect time to finish all the pending books. As it was a lazy weekend, Bandung was being gloomy and raining, it was the best condition for me to have a bowl of warm sweet porridge. Woke up that morning and made this Bubur Kacang Hijau or Sweet Mung Bean Porridge along with Glutinous Rice Porridge for late breakfast.


The “green bean”

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In Indonesia, Malaysia, and China, mung bean is often called with another name that means “green bean”, which represented its color. It is in fact an Indian native, long time ago the Chinese distributed it everywhere by trading, and now it’s cultivated in most of Asia country. That is why this kind of sweet mung bean porridge is also common among the Southeast, East, and South Asian. Some of countries that have pretty similar sweet porridge (some will refer it as soup, by the way) are China, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia, each with their own character.

Mung bean is reckoned to be beneficial; not only because it’s containing of high fiber and protein, but also it’s able to prevent sickness and reduce the possibility of bacterial inflammation.

How it’s finally in Indonesia

The cultivation and the spreading of mung bean in Indonesia itself was just happened on the mid of 19th C, being recognized as one of the Chinese traded goods during the VOC colonization. It means you would not be able to consume this porridge if you’d live in Indonesia on 1700s.

And how did the beans transform to Bubur Kacang Hijau? I cannot find the trustable reference on how Bubur Kacang Hijau was finally in Indonesia, so I assume it is also caused by trading and cultural assimilation.

Here Bubur Kacang Hijau mostly is sold in small shops or in gerobak stalls on the street. The Burjo (the popular slang name, abbreviation from Bubur Kacang Hijau) seller usually are targeting university student, so the stalls are easy to be found near the campus. People usually buy Burjo in the morning for breakfast, or in the night for late supper.
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The mark of Indonesian Bubur Kacang Hijau is its santan (coconut milk) liquid that’s adding up the savory, and it’s largely being sold along with the famous sidekick, black glutinous rice porridge or Bubur Ketan Hitam. On its development the additional may vary; from bubur ketan hitam, chopped white bread, sweet condensed milk, kolang-kaling, sweet red syrup, pearl sago porridge; to sliced jackfruit and mashed durian. Mostly the sellers are the diasporas from Madura,East Java, or Kuningan, West Java. That doesn’t mean Bubur Kacang Hijau is an original dish from Madura or Karawang, however. A consumer on the web stated that each Madura or Kuningan each has its own style; the Kuningans will rather sell the classic combination of hot Burjo, Bubur Ketan Hitam and sometimes with chopped bread, while the Maduras are popular with their cold Burjo and assorted toppings.

About this recipe

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Found this recipe and modify it; double the recipe, add some more amount of black glutinous rice, some cloves and sticks of cinnamon (yes it’s cinnamon again ^^). And here’s a tips: if you’re longing to keep the porridge for another day, cook the santan separately to slow the fusty. I did the that, put in the fridge for further eat, and they still tasted good after two days!
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Bubur Kacang Hijau dan Bubur Ketan Hitam (Mung Bean and Black Glutinous Rice Sweet Porridge)
Yield: 15 – 20
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients:
Bubur Kacang Hijau:
  • 500 gram dried mung beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 2 pandan* (screwpine) leaves, cleaned, each divide to two, knotted
  • 1 ½ cup (200 grams) gula jawa (or substituted it with 1 1/2 cup of palm sugar)
  • 1200 ml water
  • 4 cm ginger, sliced and crushed
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Bubur Ketan Hitam:

  • 500 gram uncooked black glutinous rice, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1000 ml water + 1 cup
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 pandan* (screwpine) leaves, cleaned, each divide to two, knotted
Santan mixture:
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 pandan* (screwpine) leaves, cleaned, each divide to two, knotted

Note for substituting:
*Pandan leaves: a teaspoon of vanilla essence
**Gula jawa: 1 1/2 cup of palm sugar

Direction:
Bubur Kacang Hijau:
  1. Clean the mung bean once again.
  2. Boil mung bean with water, gula jawa, pandan, salt, and ginger for at least 1 hour on medium heat while stir in between 10 minutes interval. 
  3. The porridge is ready when the beans are looked cracked open but not mushy. (Tips: you can do the bubur ketan hitam in parallel while waiting for this.)
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Bubur Ketan Hitam:
  1. Clean the rice once again
  2. Boil the rice on medium heat along with 1000 ml water, pandan, sugar and salt until it's thickened. Stir in between 5 minutes interval, this takes about 30 minutes.
  3. When it's thickened, the rice will be still rather hard. Add another 1 cup of water, cook and stir constantly (so the rice won't stick to the pan bottom) on low heat for another 15 minutes to soften the rice until it's sticky and thick,
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Santan:
  1. On low heat, boil coconut milk, water, salt, and pandan until just warm.
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  2. Separately, take two tablespoon of warm coconut mixture, combine it with cornstarch. Add it in to coconut milk mixture.
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  3. Still on low heat, cook and stir the mixture constantly until it's boiled and thickened.
Plate both the porridges on bowl, drizzle it with santan mixture.
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