Tangy and Spicy Mango (Simple Indonesian Mango Rujak). Great recipe for Tangy and Spicy Mango (Simple Indonesian Mango Rujak). Most Indonesians I know love rujak. Rujak is made of vegetables and fruits with special sauce.
Rujak (or rojak in Malaysia) is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia. There are lots of variations to rujak; however, the most popular one is rujak buah (fruit salad). Unlike the fruit salads that most of us know, rujak is a spicy and tangy fruit salad. You can have Tangy and Spicy Mango (Simple Indonesian Mango Rujak) using 4 ingredients and 4 steps. Here is how you cook it.
Ingredients of Tangy and Spicy Mango (Simple Indonesian Mango Rujak)
- You need 1 of unripe mango, about 400 grams (I used cengkir or Indramayu variety) — make sure that it is about to ripe, but not quite.
- You need 1 tbsp of salt (I used Himalayan coarse salt, but you can use regular salt as well).
- You need 2 tbsp of granulated sugar.
- You need 1 of red chili pepper, sliced (or ground, for spicier rujak).
See the Recipe Notes for other possible fruits and vegetables. The most classic Indonesian rojak is probably the rujak buah, the "fruit rujak". It is made with jamalac, pineapple, sweet potatoes and pomelo and is served on a banana leaf. It is called rujak bēbēk, or rujak tumbuk when the ingredients are crushed with a mortar, and rujak serut when they are simply chopped.
Tangy and Spicy Mango (Simple Indonesian Mango Rujak) instructions
- Peel and slice mango thinly. Put it in an airtight container..
- Spread the salt, sugar, and chili pepper..
- Cover the container. Shake it a few times..
- Wait at least an hour or two until water comes out from the mango. Store in the fridge. It should last for about a week, but usually we finish it in a day..
Fruits that we have here mostly are sour. So I think, people started to make a dressing to balance this sourness: spicy and sweet. That's why bumbu rujak or Indonesian fruit salad dressing made from chili and palm sugar, ingredients that are easy to found here. Combine olive oil, honey, salt, and ground red pepper in a small bowl. Most Mangoes in Indonesia are eaten ripe, but there are also a few types of young Mangoes that are usually consumed in Rujak (Indonesian fruit salads) or Sambal.