Have you ever tasted tipat urab? Wow ... it’s absolutely delicious. This kind of delicacy has become a staple food for the Hindu community in Bali. Apart from relieving the hunger, the tipat or rice bag is also commonly used for oblation to be offered to God as an expression of gratitude. Therefore, the Balinese people have various kinds of tipat adjusted to the ceremony held.
Some of examples of the tipat include the tipat nasi, tipat taluh, tipat kedis, tipat sari, tipat bagia, tipat gong and even tipat galeng. These kinds of tipat were first offered to God and after that they are consumed. Farmers usually enjoy it without side dish and additional special menus.
Today, the tipat is served with a variety of additional side dishes, so that it turns delectable. As consequence, its name is different in appropriate with the name of the additional side dishes. One of them is called tipat urab, where the tipat is served with mixed vegetables. This kind of serving is rich in vitamins and nutrients.
In Denpasar, the tipat urab serving is usually sold by traditional stalls. It is different from the rural community that ordinarily prepares it pursuant to their individual taste. Its ingredients consist of rice bag, vegetables and boiled eggs to increase the nutritional value. As the preparation, first of all, prepare the ingredients for seasoning of the mixed vegetables such as chili, onion, garlic, salt, shrimp paste and aromatic ginger. Finely ground these and then mix them with grated coconut.
The vegetable is composed of string bean and bean sprouts. Boil them until cooked and then drain well. Furthermore, the spice batter is steamed until cooked as well. When the vegetable ingredients are ready, use the seasoning to smear the vegetables previously drained.
To serve it, put the rice bag on a plate to taste, sprinkle with the seasoning of the mixed vegetables, add boiled egg and roasted peanuts. For topping and obtaining traditional impression, add fried sambal emba (consisting of fried onion, garlic, chili and salt). When the serving has been well arranged, add a slice of lime to enrich the flavor. Ultimately, it is ready to serve. (BTN/ocha/015)
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