Indonesia is a vast archipelago comprising more than 17,000 individual islands. As a result, the nation’s cuisine is diverse and characterized by layers of flavour.
Melukat is a purifying ritual that followers of Bali’s Hindi religion regularly undergo to cleanse the body and spirit from negativity in times of sickness or personal difficulty.
The secret to cooking authentic Balinese cuisine is to use a spice paste that is locally known as basa genap. It features in almost all dishes from rich curries to succulent sticks of satay and suckling roast pig.
Today, followers of the Hindu faith in rural parts of the island is celebrating Tumpek Wariga. This auspicious day pays tribute to trees including coconut palms, which happen to dominate the landscape at Kayumanis Jimbaran.