What is kerisik ? It is simply grated coconut dry fried in a hot pan until golden brown and crispy and pounded into a paste. Kerisik is an essential ingredient when cooking rendang as it imparts that signature taste and aroma to the dish. There is ready made kerisik available but I am a little cautious and prefer to make my own.
So how do we go about making kerisik ? What you need is grated coconut and a frying pan. I get my grated coconut from the supermarket or you could buy from the market.
|One packet grated coconut.|
After about 15 minutes, you will notice that it starts to brown and the grated coconut feels lighter. Keep going.
|Coconut starting to brown.|
|Golden brown crispy coconut. Taste soem, it will make you smile.|
You don't need to make such a big amount like I did. I normally do it in a big batch and freeze some for future use. It is very convenient.
|Before and after.|