Healthy Dessert: Bubur Injin.

There is always room for dessert!

The ongoing trend is all about healthy eating and cutting down added sugar but once in a while, indulgence is necessary. Every country has their own type of dessert, cakes, flan, pie, mousse, you name it. From the creamy Italian gelato to the sweet and refreshing Indonesian Es Campur.

While most Western style desserts are heavily based on butter, sugar and eggs, Indonesian desserts mostly have a delicate balance of sweet and savory. Coconut is used in every way possible, coconut flakes, coconut milk, coconut sugar, all things coconut. Sticky rice, rice flour, mung bean flour, sweet potato and cassava are commonly used as star ingredients.

One of the most popular desserts in Bali is Bubur Injin or Black Sticky Rice Pudding. This dish is part of a wide range of Balinese traditional desserts usually sold in traditional markets and a regular staple on any Balinese Buffet in most hotels. 

Bubur Injin is made from black sticky rice boiled with water, pandan leaves, pinch of salt and sugar. The sticky rice will thicken up and forms a very sticky porridge, while making the sticky rice make sure to add water gradually while occasionally stirring, bring liquid to a boil and reduce the heat  to low and cook for approximately 2 hours. 

This dish can be served cold, warm or at room temperature. As mentioned, like typical Indonesian desserts Bubur Injin has a balance of sweet and savory in every bite. The rice has a deep dark purple color that glistens and the light coconut milk floats on top. The pandan leaves give a distinct fragrance and the palm sugar provides natural sweetness.

Like almost all natural ingredients that are used in Indonesian cooking, black sticky rice when boiled without added sugar has plenty health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties and rich in antioxidants. When consumed regularly it helps to prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s. It can also be used as a face mask due its natural moisturizer contents that replace dead skin and cool the skin.

With its health benefits and great taste, Bubur Injin is the prefect guilt-free dessert for the whole family. 

Enjoy a bowl of delicious Bubur Injin and more delicious Indonesian specialties at Warung Damar, opens daily for lunch and dinner.


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