Bubur sumsum is a popular dessert in Indonesia. It is a porridge made from rice flour and coconut milk. There are many varieties of porridge in Indonesia, made from different kind of ingredients. This bubur Sumsum is the simpliest one, yet very tasty. The taste is a bit salty – kind of savory, then combined with the sweetness from Gula Jawa ( or Palm Sugar) make it a perfect combination of delicious dessert.
In Indonesia, you can find bubur sumsum seller in traditional market. Usually they sell with other traditional sweet desserts, such as cenil, lupis, ketan, etc. I don’t know in other places/islands, but in my hometown – Surabaya is still easy to find them. I remember when I was a kid, there were still a lady that sell bubur sumsum who was walking around our neighbourhood, offering it by calling out ‘bubur … bubur!’. It was very cheap and I like the way it was wrapped with banana leaf.
As being far away from my comfort food zone, I have to make it by myself. Good thing it’s very simple and I can find all the ingredients here even though they are a bit pricey. Oh well, it’s not like everyday I am eating a porridge, right? Okey, here I share the recipe.
For the porridge
100 g rice flour
1000 ml coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
For sugar syrup
350 g gula jawa or palm sugar
500 ml water
3 pandan leaves (optional)
1. Make the syrup : boil all the ingredients until the sugar becomes a syrup and creamy. Set aside.
2. Mix rice flour with 150 – 200 ml of coconut milk, mix well until there is no lump.
3. Boil the rest of the coconut milk. When it’s boiling, pour the mixture inside and cook on low heat. Constantly stirring until it started to boil and thickened. This may take about 15-20 minutes. Turn off the heat.
4. Serve the porridge with sugar syrup.