Sweet coconut & basil salad


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Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Published 2019

  • About

A Central Javanese relative of urap, trancam is light and fragrant, sweet and spicy. I can’t think of a table of food from this book that wouldn’t be improved by having this amongst its members.


  • 2 red bird’s eye chillies, sliced
  • 3 cm ( inches) kencur or


Using a mortar and pestle, pound together the chillies, kencur and lime leaves to make a rough paste. Add the salt and palm sugar and continue to grind to a smoother paste flecked with lime leaves. Add the coconut and mix well to make the dressing. Taste: both the sweetness and spice should be very pronounced at this stage as they will be muted by the vegetables.

When ready to serve, to