How many different spices come from Indonesia
Superfood and spices from Indonesia: healing food from the island nation
Spicy, hot and incredibly tasty - dishes from Indonesia are known for this. But what many don't know is in most local delicacies real remedies stuck.
In addition to Nasi Goreng and Chicken Sate, Indonesian cuisine offers many more traditional dishes, too far healthier are available as fried rice and deep fried chicken.
The Naturopathy plays a major role in Indonesian history and continues to play a major role in every household today. Local delicacies are loaded with healing spices, fruits, and vegetables that are not only tasty but healthy too.
Find out which superfoods and healing spices come from Indonesia and which Indonesian dishes you can find them in.
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Turmeric (Indonesian: Kunyit)
Turmeric has become more and more popular lately. It's scientifically proven that it has the potential Heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer to prevent. It is also considered to be anti-inflammatory and is even said to have symptoms of Arthritis and depression improve.
Turmeric has been used in Indonesia for hundreds of years. The miracle spice is mainly found in the traditional medicinal drink Jamu, which is sold in small plastic bottles on the roadside in the morning.
But now it has become an IN drink and is part of the drinks menu in many hip cafes in Bali, for example.
Turmeric is an essential ingredient in Indonesian households as it is an ingredient in an incredible number of dishes. Curries for example, it gives the golden color.
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Ginger (Indonesian: Jahe)
When Covid-19 started making headlines, the price of the otherwise cheap ginger skyrocketed in Indonesia. Why? The locals consider ginger to be the cure par excellence - and everyone wanted to protect themselves from the virus with the magical tuber.
Ginger can, among other things Lower cholesterol levels, the risk of Decrease infections, Fight bacteria and the strengthen your immune system. So it's no wonder that many Indonesians have seen “Jahe” as the ideal anti-corona drug.
As well as turmeric, ginger can also be found in traditional jams, curries and in the sauce of many other dishes.
Moringa (Indonesian: Daun Kelor)
In the west, the leaves of the Moringa tree in powder form or extract are marketed as superfood and sold at high prices. In Indonesia you can get the fresh moringa leaves for only a few cents get hold of it at the traditional market.
It includes many healthy nutrients and vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, Folic Acid, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.
It also contains moisturizing and detoxifying elementsthat can also strengthen skin and hair and help with Healing of infections and wounds help.
Moringa is also used as a natural remedy supportive fight against cancer used. It is said that Moringa is used in the Treating depression, anxiety, and fatigue can support. The list of health benefits could go on and on.
In Indonesia, the Moringa leaves are usually simply boiled in water with other vegetables, a crushed clove of garlic and a bay leaf.
But you can also sprinkle a few leaves in a curry or make a healthy one Moringa green smoothie mix.
Galangal (Indonesian: Lengkuas)
The Galangal tuber can easily be confused with ginger at first glance. In terms of taste, however, the root spice is not as hot and sweet as its cousin known in Europe.
The Galangal tuber has a mild aromathat ignites even more when you pound it. Just like turmeric and ginger, it is often used in all kinds of curries. So you can see that with the right ingredients, a curry is not only delicious, but also very healthy.
Papaya leaves (Indonesian: Daun Pepaya)
Papaya trees grow wild in Indonesia. The delicious fruit itself is rich in vitamins and nutrients. The Leaves of the papaya tree even have healing effects.
Most famous is one pressed juicethat is drunk to fight dengue fever. If you can make friends with the bitter taste, there are many other ways to heal your body.
"Daun Pepaya" is considered to be Liver cleansers, promotes digestion, lowers blood pressure and helps with Menstrual cramps.
In Indonesian cuisine, papaya leaves are often fried in the pan with other vegetables and a chili paste.
Bean sprouts (Indonesian: Tauge)
There are many reasons to include bean sprouts in your meals. The sprouts are excellent Source of potassium, a mineral for the Regulation of blood pressure important is.
Include bean sprouts Vitamin K, the helps against blood clots thus preventing excessive blood loss.
It is also a gGreat source of fiber and has only a few calories - So great if you want to lose some weight.
In Indonesia one often hears that the consumption of bean sprouts is the Fertility in women elevated. It has often happened that newlyweds are nudged by their families to eat more bean sprouts 😉
Bean sprouts can be found in many different vegetable dishes in Indonesia. Usually it is fried with other vegetables or you can sometimes find it cooked in one Gado-Gado or Urap Urap.
Jackfruit (Indonesian: Nangka)
Jackfruit is becoming more and more popular, especially in the vegan scene, and is often called Meat substitute because the consistency is similar to that of chicken or pork.
The neutral taste lets the fruit combine well with pretty much all sauces or spices. Unlike animal protein, it contains jackfruit no saturated fat or cholesterol and is low in calories. That's what it is for rich in fiber and potassium.
When preparing jackfruit, one has to pay attention to whether it is young or ripe. The ripe jackfruit tastes good sweetish and can raw eaten or as dessert be prepared.
The young jackfruit is suitable for cooked, hearty dishes. In Indonesia you can find jackfruit curry in every "Warung Padang".
Bamboo shoots (Indonesian: Rebung)
Bamboo shoots contain phytochemicals that are found in the body antibacterial and antiviral Act. They are a good source of fiber, as well potassiumthat for a healthy heart and the Maintaining normal blood pressure important is.
Plus, bamboo shoots are low in fat, sugar, and calories, making them an ideal, healthy snack.
In Indonesia you can find bamboo shoots mainly in the traditional "vegetable stew" Sayur Lodeh. But even so, "Rebung" is used in many traditional dishes such as Gado Gado or Urap Urap.
Tempeh & Tofu (Indonesian: Tempe & Tahu)
Tofu and tempeh are increasingly popular sources for vegetable protein. Regardless of whether you are a vegetarian, it is nutritious foods that are beneficial for your health.
The better known tofu will be out thickened soy milk which is pressed into solid white blocks. Tempeh will be out Soybeans manufactured that fermented and pressed into a compact block.
But which is healthier: tempeh or tofu? They're both nutritious. Tempeh provides more protein, fiber, iron, and potassium per serving, while tofu has more calcium and fewer calories.
The Indonesians love fried tofu and tempeh, which is often eaten as a side dish with rice, spicy sambal and fried chicken. You can find it in Indonesian dishes but also often in curries or it is sautéed with vegetables and a hot sauce.
By the way, our favorite recipe with tempeh is Tempe Orek.
Reading tip: What is tempeh and tofu anyway?
Candlenut (Indonesian: Kemiri)
Candlenuts are Macadamia nuts Quite similar in appearance and texture, but taste very different. The small, yellowish nut convinces with its nutritious ingredients.
They are an ideal source for Fiberwho the Promote digestion. they include Potassium, that helps Lower blood pressure. Also, is candlenut rich in essential fats, Which Reduce inflammationthat strengthen the skin's own protective barrier and even against acne and clogged pores help.
Candlenuts are low in toxicity, so they should cannot be eaten raw. Apart from that, they taste raw very bitter.
In Indonesia they are called Thickener used in curry pastes and other dishes to achieve a creamy consistency.
Black sticky rice (Indonesian: Ketan Hitam)
The dark sticky rice may be healthier and has more benefits than brown rice. There black sticky rice unprocessed it will retain more of its nutrients, making it an overall healthy food choice. The husk of the grain of rice contains Fiberthat help food get through the digestive system faster.
You feel full faster, which prevents you from overeating. Also, black rice is rich in antioxidantsthat can help fight cancer and heart disease.
Glutinous rice is known from Indonesia as black rice pudding, which is often served in restaurants as a dessert with a dash of coconut milk. You can find the recipe for this in our book and e-book 38 Indonesian Recipes.
Seaweed (Indonesian: Rumput Laut)
Reading the list of nutrients in seaweed, it's no wonder it is considered a superfood. Seaweed is rich in iodine, iron, vitamin C (which supports iron absorption), Antioxidants, soluble and insoluble Fiber, Vitamin K and Vitamin B12.
The term ,,Spirulina’’ Is now known to most of the health-conscious people. Exactly this is also represented in seaweed and contains all the essential amino acids.
People in Bali knowUrap Rumput loud’’ As a vegetable dish, but you can also find seaweed in desserts, such as theIt rumput loud’’. Here the seaweed is mixed with fruit, water, ice cubes and condensed milk and is immediately ready to eat. Usually a lot of sugar or syrup is used, so this dessert is not necessarily a healthy snack 😉
Algae can also be found in powder form in gelling agents, which are used to prepare many other Indonesian sweets.
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Sanita flew to Bali in 2013 to complete her semester abroad. There she fell head over heels in love with the island and her current husband Simon. Now she is living her dream on the island and organizing weddings and honeymoons in Bali with passion. Together they run the agency Traumreise Bali, where Sanita has the organizational skills and Simon captures the weddings in pictures with his creative eye.
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