Keripik Bayam, Amaranth Greens Crackers

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Keripik Bayam, Amaranth Greens Crackers

Keripik Bayam (Indonesian Amaranth Greens Crackers)


Indonesian Amaranth Greens Crackers
– Keripik Bayam –

A handful of Amaranth Greens Leaves
150 grams (5.3 oz.) rice flour
300 milliliter (1 1/4 cup) thin coconut milk (a mix thick coconut milk with water)
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon limestone water
500 milliliter (2 cups) cooking oil

Spice to grind:
3 cloves of garlic
6 candlenuts
1 teaspoon coriander
1 – 1.5 cm (1.4- 0.6 inch) long turmeric roots, peeled
1 teaspoon salt

1.  Rinse well green amaranth leaves and drain.

2.  Combine rice flour, coconut milk, beaten egg, limestone water, and ground spice.

3.  Prepare a work, pot or deep fryer with plenty cooking oil.  Heat up to over medium.  Dip every single amaranth leaf to the batter.  Then, transfer to heated oil.  While frying the crackers, don’t forget to stir up the batter once or twice since the rice flour will settle down on the bottom part of mixing bowl.

4.  Fry the batter is golden brown and there are no bubbles out from the leaf.  Drain the crackers  on a tray lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

5.  Cool down and then put the crackers into an airtight container to keep the crispiness.

Notes from Indonesia Eats:
* Mbak is a Javanese term to address for an older sister, commonly applied to non-relatives as well. Indonesians never call somebody by name unless they are younger.
* Indonesians love to use fresh turmeric roots instead of dry or powder forms
* In Winnipeg, a package limestone water is available to be bought at Lucky supermarket, Young’s market and Dong Thai.
* Beside using a paper towel to absorb oil as Tata’s explained, there is another way. a brown paper bag has a better choice as this absorbs oil really good but not making the food soggy.
* For those who live in North America, Amaranth Greens are often found as a weed. People remove them from their garden or yard.  But for us, the Southeast Asians, Amaranth Greens are healthy vegetable that pack with iron.

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