Jaja Sumping, a Tempting and Sticky Balinese Cake

Jaja Sumping, a Tempting and Sticky Balinese Cake

Balinese community has a variety of delicious traditional cakes (jaja) being inherent in everyday life. Moreover, their existence remains to survive until now though time has changed. One of them is Jaja Sumping which always exists through the times. People on the Island of the Gods have various types of sumping whose name corresponds to

Balinese community has a variety of delicious traditional cakes (jaja) being inherent in everyday life. Moreover, their existence remains to survive until now though time has changed. One of them is Jaja Sumping which always exists through the times. People on the Island of the Gods have various types of sumping whose name corresponds to the name of the additional ingredient.

This cake is made of rice flour filled with fruit inside, then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. For example, sumping biu (banana) has additional ingredient of banana, sumping waluh (pumpkin) made from pumpkin, sumping kuud (young coconut flesh), sumping kacang barak (kidney bean) and others. Whatever the additional ingredient is, this cake always makes a miss.

Basically, this cake tastes sticky and sweet. When coupled with the aroma of banana leaves, it results in very distinctive scent. Jaja Sumping never fades in keeping with the passage of time and always survives, even though competing against other emerging cakes.

It is usually presented during the parties or social activities like wedding receptions, tooth filing ceremony, mutual assistance and others. The main ingredients are rice flour, ripe bananas (to taste), coconut milk, sugar, pandan leaves to make the natural aroma and banana leaf to wrap it.

Preparation: first of all, boil coconut milk with pandan leaves, salt, vanilla and rice flour. Then, mix together until feeling thick and slippery. Then, put on top of the banana according to the measure. On the batter, put slices of banana, jackfruit or other fruit according to taste. After that, wrap with banana leaf like folding an envelope. Heat the steamer and put the wrapped jaja sumping batter into the steamer and wait until cooked. Having been cooked, take out and it is now ready to be enjoyed. (BTN/015)

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