The first time I tried Indonesian cuisine was at an Indonesian breakfast, and I thought the peanut sauce the meat was cooked in was incredibly exquisite. Now I have the chance to try a smooth rice flour concoction, filled with fresh bananas. and which closely resembles Latin American tamales. The idea of wrapping them in banana leaves probably came from Asia, as the banana tree was brought to America from that continent in the 1500's...
Indonesians celebrate their independence from the Netherlands on this day in 1949. The declaration was made in 1945, and the Indonesians fought for four years to become independent. Today, this date is celebrated by decorating buildings in red and white, and holding special events, and even sales in stores. Banners with the words "Long live Indonesia" are hung in many places, and many play a game where adults and children try to climb a slippery tree trunk (covered with clay and oil) to reach prizes such as bikes and television sets that are hung at the top.
Recipe from http://www.easy-banana-recipes.com/nagasari.html
1 cup rice flour
2 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Slice bananas in half. Mix flour, coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a pot. Cook over low heat, constantly stirring until mixture is very thick and smooth.
Steam over medium heat for 25 minutes, or until cooked.