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4 Cooking Tips To Enhance Aidilfitri

As the vibrant colours of traditional Malay clothes and festive music fills the air, Malaysians eagerly anticipate the joyous occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This annual celebration marks the end of Ramadan and brings families and communities together in a spirit of unity and gratitude. Central to the festivities is the art of cooking, which has become a cherished tradition in Malaysian culture, as families gather to prepare and enjoy delectable dishes that symbolise abundance and togetherness.

4 Raya Cooking Tips

1. Remove Skin from Nuts for Kuah Kacang

When preparing the beloved Kuah Kacang, a peanut sauce commonly served with satay, remove the skin from the nuts. This simple step helps prevent bitterness from overcooked nuts, ensuring a smooth and flavourful sauce that delights the palate.

To remove the skin, you can pan-toast the nuts a little on a stove without oil which will ease the skin-peeling process, or you can purchase pre-peeled nuts from the store.

2. Use Fresh Santan for Long-Lasting Dishes

For dishes that call for santan (coconut milk), such as lontong or rendang, always opt for fresh coconut milk. Fresh santan not only enhances the taste but also prolongs the shelf life of your dishes, allowing you to savour the flavours of Raya for days to come.

To maintain a fresh santan, you would have to make sure the surface of equipment and tools are clean to avoid impurities that may cause contamination and food spoilage! This may seem simple and small but it’s essential so that you could safely enjoy your favourite Raya dishes without worry!

3. Keep Stirring for Lump-Free Lontong

When preparing lontong, be sure to keep stirring the coconut gravy to avoid lumps. Santan, when left unattended on high heat, may break apart and form little lumps in dishes. Consistent stirring ensures a smooth and silky gravy that coats each bite of lontong with deliciousness. To be safe, the gravy should be cooked on low heat to a simmer rather than a boil.

4. Cut Against the Grain for Tender Beef Rendang

When slicing beef for rendang, remember to cut against the grain. This technique shortens the muscle fibers, resulting in tender and melt-in-your-mouth meat that’s sure to impress your guests!

Baru lah Raya!

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4 Cooking Tips To Enhance Aidilfitri

As we have gone through the 4 important tips to enhance your Raya cooking experience, it is time to put them to good use! In celebration of the culinary delights of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, we’re thrilled to introduce Baru lah Raya! Prepare for Raya with Smart Cooking where you can discover mouthwatering traditional recipes that capture the essence of Raya feasting.

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Now, you’re all set to begin Raya preparations! During Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the act of preparing and sharing meals holds a special significance, symbolising unity and togetherness among loved ones. As we gather around the dining table, let us savour not only the delicious flavours of our Raya dishes but also the warmth of family bonds. So, let’s embrace the joy of cooking and the spirit of Raya, and may our kitchens continue to be filled with laughter, love, and culinary adventures. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, from our kitchen to yours!