Balinese Kering Tempeh with Forbidden Rice

Veggie foodies, get ready for an exotic, culinary adventure! Your taste buds are being transported to Indonesia tonight with our authentic Balinese Kering Tempeh and Forbidden Rice.

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Tempeh (pronounced TEM-pay) is an ancient delicacy and remains a time-honoured favourite today. Our friends at Tonzu, a family run business based here in good old Aoetearoa, have sorted you out with some that they have prepared earlier.

Delicious and good for you too, tempeh is super high in protein and one of the few vegetarian sources of B12. Watching your cholesterol? Tempeh is the food for you – no cholesterol at all, wahoo!

We’ve flavoured the tempeh with classic Balinese herbs and spices. You’ll be using aromatic lemongrass, kaffir lime, ginger, chilli and tamarind puree to create a mildly spicy, tangy and sweet sauce.

Sitting alongside this delicious main component is ancient forbidden Indonesian rice – which has some seriously impressive health benefits.

Black rice has been eaten in many regions of Asia for thousands of years; in fact for centuries it was reserved for only Chinese royalty. This medium-size, heirloom rice is treasured for its delicious roasted nutty taste, soft texture and beautiful deep purple colour – it looks great on the plate!

Not just a pretty grain, forbidden rice is rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered to be a blood tonifier. Not only is it the type of rice that is richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, but it also contains dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties, and has the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight gain. Wow, so many benefits! You’ll be pleased to know that this once rare and treasured indulgence is now wholesome everyday rice. 

Happy cooking!

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