Bakwan Sayur (Bala-Bala) - Vegetables Fritter Recipe

Every home has a kitchen. It's required. Kitchen is not only provide the food, it also create a soul for the whole family. A warm kitchen is truly blessing. We believe that kitchen is the heart of the home. We just love cook for our family, and we are here to share our amateur recipes. For the first post in this category, we have a simple and quick recipe to try for beginner. The first recipe is vegetables fritter. We called this in Jakarta as bakwan sayur while in other region, West Java, they called it as bala-bala. Bala-bala is one of Indonesian fritter since we have so many kind of fritters. The most common bala-bala is the vegetables version, but sometimes it can be added with a whole shrimps. Bala-bala is a popular snack that you can find easily on the streets. They are fantastic snack which can be easily to made at home, just put them in a big plate and watch them disappear in a second. Since, everybody love to eat them while still warm.

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We recommend you to eat this fritter with fresh raw thai chilies. We prefer the green one. First, take a bite of bala-bala, and then a bite of the chili, and so on. Or if you can’t handle it, you can dip it into chili or tomato sauce.

Cuisine: Indonesian
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: approx. 5 person or more.

· 250 gram shredded cabbage
· 150 gram shredded carrot
· 3 scallions thinly sliced
· 175 gram all purpose flour
· 25 gram rice flour
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1 teaspoon sugar
· 1 teaspoon ground pepper
· 1 teaspoon coriander powder
· 250 ml water
· 5 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
· 1 egg
· oil for deep frying

1. In a big mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, rice flour, salt, sugar, coriander, and ground pepper. Add water and mix well, make sure there are no lumps.
2. Add grated garlic and egg into the batter. Stir until well mixed.
3. Add shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, and sliced scallions into the batter and mix well.
4. Heat enough oil in a pot for deep frying (medium heat). The oil is considered as ready when you dropped a little bit of batter into the oil then it start making a bubbles.
5. Put a small laddleful of batter into the hot oil and deep fry until golden brown on both sides.
6. Drain the fritters with paper towel or wire rack. Repeat until all batter is used up.
7. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Serve immediately with some thai chilies.

We hope you can enjoy this fritter with your family, and make sure you drink enough water after you consume them :)