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CLASSIC dishes like rendang, ketupat, serunding and dodol are staples for the festive Raya table, but why not shake things up a little with some new additions? This year, try cooking some traditional dishes that were once served exclusively in the homes of the Terengganu royal family.

Among the many scrumptious dishes served in the homes of the Terengganu royal family, nasi telur is a dish that stands out. The traditional recipe calls for dried roe from the terubok fish as a garnish which nowadays is only available if imported from Sarawak. To’ Puan Rosita Abdullah, an avid documenter of history and recipes, believes that the dish is not served in other royal households in the country. Rosita first learned about the dish from Tengku Halifah Tengku Su Adbul Rahman, the granddaughter of Tengku Ngah Aishah. Tengku Ngah Aishah was the daughter of Sultan Zainal Abidin III and Hajjah Kelsom, his fourth wife.

Traditionally, the dish was served by members of the Terengganu royal family during family gatherings and grand occasions such as Majlis Besar, but not during weddings. Today, the younger generation serve variations of the dish, adapted to their preferences, but it is always served with a rich curry of Kerutub Ayam and/or Ayam Masak Korma Merah, and a salad – usually a cabbage salad. Although it may be easier to use ready-mixed commercial Kerutub spices for the recipe, Rosita believes that freshly ground spices always make for best results.

In addition to the family recipes for Nasi Telur, Rosita also shares recipes for Koleh Lemak and Koleh Kacang, desserts that are popular in Terengganu. “Koleh” means “to stir,” so do take note that these recipes will require a lot of stirring!

Rosita has compiled a list of delicious recipes that aren’t just popular in Terengganu, but they also have a lot of history to go along with them in her book, Kulit Manis: A Taste of Terengganu’s Heritage. Here Rosita shares 8 recipes:

 

1. Nasi Telur.

Nasi telur

Nasi telur

 

 

2. Pickled Cabbage (Acar Kobis).

Pickled cabbage (acar kobis)

Pickled cabbage (acar kobis)

 

 

3. Red Korma Chicken.

Red Korma Chicken

Red Korma Chicken

 

 

4. Rempah Masak (Malay Masala).

Rempah masak

Rempah masak

 

 

5. Kerutub Ayam.

Kerutub Ayam

Kerutub Ayam

 

 

6. Koleh Kacang and Browned Coconut Milk Crumbs (Tahi Minyak).

Koleh kacang

Koleh kacang

 

 

7. Koleh Lemak.

Koleh lemak

Koleh lemak

 

 

8. Sambal Ikan.

Sambal ikan

Sambal ikan

These recipes were first published in Flavours magazine.

2 thoughts on “Feast like a king with these Raya recipes”

  1. Bernard Aman - July 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    wonderful recipies

    Reply
  2. Teh CSiang - August 10, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Looks & sounds delicious… Have to taste to know,,,

    Reply

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