Saturday, January 01, 2011

Cucurma Longa a.k.a Kunyit

Saya ada lima orang kakak, jadi kerja masak-memasak memang tidak termasuk dalam senarai tugas saya semasa kecil dahulu (sekarang pun belum masuk senarai lagi). Mommy sangat tradisional orangnya. Dia risau kalau anak perempuan berkahwin nanti jenuhla jadi umpat keji keluarga si suami kalau tidak pandai memasak.

"Elehhhhh," selalu jawab begitu dan berhenti setakat itu.

Kalau cakap panjang-panjang melawan cakap emak nanti jadi anak derhaka. Padahal bila saya sudah dewasa dan cerdik sedikit (berbanding dulu) barulah saya sedar menyebut "ahhh.." pun sudah dikira menderhaka.


Berbalik pada cerita semasa kecil. Oleh kerana dari tahun ke tahun saya langsung tidak menunjukkan peningkatan dalam bidang memasak, sudahnya saya hanya diarahkan menggoreng ikan saja.

Senang saja bahan-bahannya.
Ikan, sesudu garam, setengah sudu kunyit.
Cara-cara
Gaulkan sekali dalam mangkuk.
Panaskan minyak. Renjiskan setitik air, kalau bunyi berdesir (as in syeeeee gitu) bermaksud minyak dah panas. Masukkan ikan , susun rapat-rapat dengan posisi yang sama. Biarkan. Apabila mata ikan sudah putih, terbalikkan dengan sudip panjang. Biarkan. Angkat dan toskan apabila mata ikan keluar dari soketnya.
(yang berhuruf tebal itu ialah petua yang kakak saya beri sebab ikan yang saya goreng selalu melekat dikuali)
In my uni years I prefer to cook than eating outside. Couldn't stand the crowd! But I definitely omitted the Cucurma Longa a.k.a kunyit or turmeric from the recipe. The yellowish stain on the fingernails would take days to fade. wohoo tak tahan..

Until I read in journal (i juz looove journals, health journal pun saya sebok baca masa tu)about the study findings that people who add in turmeric in their diet showed a significant reduction in brain damage at the later years of their life. Of course i do not remember the line verbatim but it is something to do with lowering the risk of dementia and alzheimer.

Perghhh dan, dan itu saya membeli kunyit.

Anyway, I am bit choosy. Only homemade turmeric for me for no obvious reason other than I am afraid that it is not 100% pure.

My mom would sliced the kunyit. Dried it under the scorching heat sun for 2,3 days and later sent it to the nearest mill for grinding or blend, I m not sure. The mill is in Teluk Intan, operated by a Indian old man.

Later she packed it for all my sisters' family. The ration should be enough for 2 years. Sometimes more. My mom believed that, only the best and most nutritious for her family.

When I asked her if she has extra turmeric last month (sekarang dah insaf, jadi saya selalu bercakap dengan penuh berbudi bahasa dengan mommy) she said yes and packed it in a small container. She put it on the table and everytime I went home she would remind me to take the kunyit.

Yeah right... I only took it yesterday, despite being home at least four times in a week.

Something NEVER change..


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