Monday, February 6, 2012

Cucur Cempaka

Waste not want not, as the saying goes!  And it seems a waste to throw the Jackfruit and Cempedak given to us by friends.  These two fruits, which should be eaten fresh, will turn slightly mushy when left to ripen further; and this was what happened to them here in my household.  

So, rather than throwing them away, and since we don't bring these fruits into our house often (since I don't like their smell!), my wife decided that we make full use of them and turn them into fritters.  The result was a nice combination of the two fruit aromas and the texture of the fritters turned out to be satisfying for breakfast.

By the way, you may have guessed by now that the name Cucur Cempaka comes from the combination of the fruits' names; 'Cemp' (from Cempedak) and 'aka' (from 'Nangka' or Jackfruit)!

  • 5 pieces Jackfruit, chopped
  • 5 small-ish Cempedak, chopped
  • 2 cups plain flour (I used Faiza)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs soft brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs coconut milk (powder form)
  • Oil for deep frying

Just mix everything thoroughly.  Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil.  The oil must not be too hot because if so, the high sugar content in the batter (which comes from the Jackfruit, Cempedak, brown sugar and coconut milk powder) will instantly caramelize and burn; and the inside of the fritters will still be uncooked!  So, fry in oil of medium heat for about a minute, and place on absorbent paper towels.  Serve hot with 'teh tarik'!

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