Cenil - A Colorful Indonesian Traditional Tapioca Snack

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Hello beloved readers, I am glad to be able to say hi to you all again, after this long hiatus. Today I wanna share a colorful Indonesian traditional tapioca snack. As our Masak Bareng Yuuk celebrates its birthday this month, and it brings a theme of "Foods made of Sago and Tapioca". It is called cenil (pronounced as "che neel"). It is normally sold at a traditional market along with other various traditional snacks. The texture is chewy and the taste is mixed of salty (from the salt added to the shredded coconut meat) and sweet (from the granulated sugar added before consumption). Well, let's jump into business, the recipe..I got it from here. And I was using the second version. It was a little tricky at first, eventually I got it done.

Here is the English version of the recipe:

250g tapioca flour
2Tbsp cold water
125ml boiling water
1/2 tsp salt
250g shredded coconut milk
1 pandan leaf
100g granulated sugar
food coloring: red, green, yellow

Steam the shredded coconut meat together with pandan leaf and salt for 15min. Keep it aside. Take 1Tbsp of tapioca flour and then mix it with 2Tbsp of cold water until all dissolved. Pour it into boiling water on the stove, stir instantly and keep stirring it until thicken. Turn off the stove and add the rest of tapioca flour little by little while mixing it until it does not stick. Divided into 4, and add each of the food coloring into each portion. Form a long oval or wormy shapes of the dough. Then boil some water in a pot. Cook them in the boiling water until floating. Take them out and instantly dip them into shredded coconut meat. Sprinkle some granulated sugar before serving.

Happy birthday Masbar!

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