Thursday, July 13, 2006

Meatloaf ala Indonesia

While flipping through Femina (an Indonesian female magazine), I found a meatloaf recipe. This morning, I adapted the basic recipe with coconut powder, sweet soy sauce, pandan leaves and lemon grass added. The pandan leaves give sweet flavour to the meat. Definitely an easy meal to prepare.

500 g of minced beef
1 slice of white bread without the crust, soaked in 50 ml of milk or coconut milk until soft (omit the coconut powder if using coconut milk here)
2 eggs
1 stalk of celery (minced)

3 garlic cloves (minced)
1/2 onion (minced)
1.5 tbs of coconut powder
a pinch of nutmeg powder
6 tbs sweet soy sauce
2 lemon grass stalk
pandan leaves/banana leaves (optional)

Beat the eggs with coconut powder, sweet soy sauce, nutmeg powder, pepper, salt. Mix into the meat. Add crushed bread. Add garlic, onion and celery. Mix well. Lay pandan leaves/banana leaves on the bottom of heat proof dish. Press in the meat mixture, making sure it's packed. Lay the lemon grass stalks on the top. Again lay the leaves. Steam for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.

Cut into thin slices. Make sure that they are dry before frying. You can pat dry with kitchen towel. Pan fry with some oil. Serve with plain rice.


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