Balinese Cuisine and Recipes

Balinese Cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines in the world. Using an incredible variety of spices, blended with the fresh vegetables, meat and fish. Part of Indonesian cuisine, it demonstrates indigenous traditions, as well as influences from other Indonesian regional cuisine, Chinese and Indian.

Acar – Acar Awak – Spicy Mixed Vegetable Pickle

Acar is a type of pickling made in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is made from different vegetables such as yardlong beans, carrots and cabbage which are pickled in vinegar and dried chillies. The vegetables are then tossed in ground peanuts.

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Balinese Cuisine

Balinese cuisine is a cuisine tradition of Balinese people from the volcanic island of Bali. Part of Indonesian cuisine, it demonstrates indigenous traditions, as well as influences from other Indonesian regional cuisine, Chinese and Indian.

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Base Gede – Balinese Basic Spice Paste

An aromatic and slightly hot spice blend that is excellent for making curries of any sort (with or without meat). This blend can vitalize soups, fish dishes with coconut milk, or even tempeh recipes.

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Bumbu Pecel – Balinese Peanut Sauce

A Balinese sauce based on chillies, peanuts, tamarind and coconut sugar. Liquid is added to the paste to make a sauce consistency when ready to use. It is commonly served over boiled vegetables, similar to the sauce used in Gado-gado.

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Lawar Ayam – Green Bean Salad with Chicken

No big religious or private celebration would be held without serving this ritual dish. Only the eldest, and most experienced men are allowed to mix the many ingredients. Many versions incorporate raw pounded meat and fresh blood in the dressing. Chicken meat can be replaced with beef, pork, seafood, vegetables or young jackfruit.

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Nasi Kuning – Yellow Rice

Nasi Kuning (Indonesian for: yellow rice), or sometimes called Nasi Kunyit (Indonesian for: turmeric rice), is an Indonesian rice dish cooked with coconut milk and turmeric.

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