Bali’s Hindu community believe that existence is a continuous cycle of birth, life and death. Therefore, elaborate rituals are performed at various stages of life to help one navigate this process. These rites of passage commence when a newborn baby is just 42 days old as each child is thought to embody the soul of a reincarnated ancestor.
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.