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'Burasa' an Idul Fitri treat for Bugis community in Makassar

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 4 2008   /  11:35 am

For the Bugis Muslim community in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Idul Fitri would not be complete without the burasa, or buras rice cake. This essential holiday dish is similar to the ketupat (rice steamed in coconut leaves) eaten by the Betawi community in Jakarta. Burasa, which is made from rice and cooked in coconut milk, is usually served with beef and chicken dishes. The preparation process is quite complicated as it must be cooked twice. First, the rice is cooked in heavy coconut milk with a pinch of salt. After the rice has absorbed all the coconut milk, it is wrapped in banana leaves in rectangular blocks, tied to a similar package and boiled for another four hours. Burasa is tasty when served with beef or fish, whether fried or cooked in gravy, but in Makassar it is usually eaten with the traditional ayam nasu lekku, or chicken cooked in coconut milk an...