But, basically, when we say fasting, we normally associate it to food, mostly staying away from meat. Thus, in most Catholic Cebuano homes, there is one specialty that is always associated with fasting in the Holy Week. What is it, you ask?? Why of course, it's our very own binignit!
Binignit is a Cebuano dish of sweet stew made of rich and creamy root crops in coconut milk. While it is perfect as desserts, it can also stand alone as a light healthy meal, with the ingredients are mostly all natural, except the sago which is processed, but is healthy as well.
We now present the recipe for binignit. While this may vary in preparations, proportions, etc., this is a basic recipe which is quite simple, provided you have with you the ingredients and some tender love while cooking.
Camote | sweet potato- 1/2kilo
Ripe Saba Banana- 5pieces
Landang | Palm flour - 1/4kilo
Sago- 1 tea cup
Coconut milk-500grams or Grated Coconut use only 1 piece of raw coconut
Brown sugar- ½ kilo
Pilit Rice | Sticky Rice- ¼ kilo
Ripe Jackfruit- 1 tea cup
1. Peel camote | sweet potato. Wash and cut into square size by 1 inch thickness.
2. Peel Saba Banana and cut thinly.
3. Wash landang | Palm flour using filter to trap all small particles.
4. Wash Sago. This product is kind of colorful small circle sizes.
5. Using raw coconut to make milk: Just put 1 tea cup of hot water and 1 glass of tap water in grated coconut and then squeeze it many times to produce more milk, after that squeeze once more to let the milk out and then separate the grated coconut from the milk. Filter the milk again to trap the tiny matter and squeeze the remaining grated coconut.
6. In a big casserole, place pilit rice or sticky rice and put water that level to the amount of the rice. Boil until it will become tender.
7. In the same casserole, add the chopped camote or sweet potato and landang or palm flour add more water just above the level to the amount of rice, camote and landang.
8. After 10 minutes add Saba banana and sago. Just estimate the level of soup if it is still enough, no need to add water, just mix it to prevent the sticky rice will stick into the casserole.
9. Later, check the Saba banana and sago if it is cooked, right after that, add the coconut milk, jackfruit and the brown sugar.
10. Mix it for 1 minute to contribute the sweetness of sugar and the coconut of milk. Let it boil.
11. Taste it and serve immediately.
paired with dukot na kan-on, this would be perfection!
So, that's it, guys! For questions or suggestions (better recipes for binignit) and other recipes that you might wanna know, please feel free to comment below or PM the Content Manager.
We hope that you will enjoy the binignit. All we know is that, Catholic or not, during Holy Week or not, this is guaranteed delicious!
On that note, may you also have a reflective Holy Week ahead of you!
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