Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Making of Ketupat and Toys (The "Janur" Things)

Yesterday was the end of Ramadan, and people were kind of busy preparing all the Lebaran/Eid stuff, including foods. I was the only one who wasn't busy at all, so i tried to find something to do :). Well, the special menu for Lebaran is Ketupat, which is very common in all over the South East Asia. Javanese people also call it Kupat which is from the word "Ku"=ngaku (admit/confess) and "Pat"=lepat (mistake), so the philosophy of Ketupat or Kupat is that "I confess my mistakes, so forgive me!" :D

Anyway, making ketupat is not difficult, i could even figure out how to make it from the start till done by myself (i haven't done this for a long time). We just need a Janur (young coconut leaf).
Here are my Ketupat(s)...

ketupat/kupat

Ke-Tu-Pat

Unfortunately, Ibu (mom) wasn't cooperative with me, she kept making ketupat so fast and i wasn't able to take pictures and show you the step-by-step on how to make ketupat. (is it necessary?)

Oh, ketupat is made from rice. The rice is wrapped in the woven coconut leaf pouch and boiled. As the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed. Ketupat is often served with opor ayam (chicken in coconut milk), or sometimes satay, or gado-gado. But for Lebaran, it is definitely served with opor ayam. :D

While Ibu was making ketupat (she took over my work, haha), i made some toys, also with janur. These are toys from childhood. Love it!

Whip(?)-Keris

Grasshopper!!

step by step how to make cubical ball. confused?

The pajamas girl. Just  ignore her!!
anyway,

Happy Lebaran!

Eid Mubarak!

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