Lebaran / Hari Raya Idul Fitri selalu di hubungkan dengan ketupat.
Hari Raya = Ketupat
Akan tetapi budaya ini tidak ada dalam keluarga di Jawa Tengah, terutama daerah Solo, Semarang dan sekitarnya.
Pada hari Raya 1 Syawal, family will cook anything of their favorite such as opor, pindang, semur daging, sambel goreng, etc yang dimakan bersama lontong (rice cake wrapped in banana leaves, or just steamed rice) as the main menu, with wide array of cookies, cakes and aneka kuih-muih.
The celebration will only last for two days, then some of the muslim will continue to fast for six days.
We call it, puasa syawal or puasa enam. The mini-celebration for people who did fasting in syawal month we call it lebaran kecil aka syawalan aka lebaran ketupat.
At syawal day 7, the local will only start to look for young coconut leaves, wave them to make a diamond-shape container, fill up with rice and boil them for 4-5 hours. Traditionally ketupat will served with coconut-y-curried vegetable.
The most famous gravy is sayur sambel godok kind of curried coyote, tofu, boiled egg, green bean noodle in a thick coconut milk gravy. Well, different place will made a different gravy to enjoy the ketupat.
Some modern people mix it with rendang minang, opor ayam, etc.
HOW ABOUT ME….????
of course we celebrate too :)
Eventhough my puasa enam turn into puasa two which I can only stay for 2 days, and start munching any food again. I made the traditional dish to remember my childhood, and to reconnected with what-so-called-simple-happiness :)
The ketupat made from instant ketupat aka nasi impit, the gravy is kind of mix and match because I
don't know the ingredient can't get proper ingredients.
Day 1: Sayur Godog
1 firm white tofu, sliced into 4. Lightly fried
Green bean noodle (so-hun, so-un) about 2 finger
2 hard boiled egg, peel, lightly fried
2 bird eye chili
1 red chili, slices diagonal
1 big onion, slices
3 cloves garlic, slices
1 cm, galangal. 2 pcs bay leaves (daun salam)
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
salt, pepper to taste
=> heat up wok, add 1 tbs cooking oil, sauté onion, garlic and red chili until soft
=> add in coconut water, tofu, egg, bay leaves, chili, galangal. Cover until start boil
=> add in coconut milk, salt and pepper to taste.
served with ketupat :)
The Dinner came in lazy way
Instant noodle, veggie and another ketupat