fabulous indonesian fare
Widely cultivated in the Indonesian archipelago and common in Bali and Lombok, the fare (pronounced far-ah) is a sometimes bitter fruit that can be prepared as a vegetable accompaniment to rice, millet or quinoa. It has the appearance of a bright green, lumpy cucumber. Switch up your typical veggie side dish with this exotic find. An unusual ingredient is always a great conversation starter!
Notes & tips: (always taste the fare before use, as some of them can be very bitter. If this is the case, discard the fare and use another one to prevent the dish becoming unpalatable.)
Here is a simple, tasty recipe for a savory side dish.
Wash and peel three or four fare fruits. On a chopping board, cut the fare into small slices.
Add a little oil and cumin powder to a saucepan. Stir in the onion, ginger, tomato and masala mix. Sauté over medium heat.
Add a little water, cover and simmer for a few minutes.
Serve hot over a bed of grains of your choice.