During Ramadan in Malaysia, Bubur Lambuk is a must-have during moreh; this dish being a light meal shared by mosque-goers after their nightly prayers. The reason this porridge is so popular among Malaysian’s is due to the collective work that goes into making this dish. With its creamy texture rich in spices and the fragrance of coconut milk, this porridge dish has become a comfort food for many.
Usually, the whole village or community participates in the process. Everyone has a duty, right from peeling the onions to stirring the pot. It is the muafakat (coming together) that makes this simple dish taste all the better. When the dish is done, many mosques can be seen distributing this dish in containers—definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on one.
Origin of Bubur Lambuk
Bubur Lambuk symbolises the true Ramadan spirit, which is the spirit of giving. Many scholars have suggested that this porridge dish is Malaysian made. It was pioneered by the Muslim community in Kampung Baru.
The idea behind this dish is that everyone contributes a small portion of the ingredients before it is cooked on mosque grounds. It is then distributed to mosque-goers and to serve as a donation to the unfortunate. This dish is also made to encourage more people to visit the mosque during the holy month.
Bubur Lambuk Recipe: How to Make Bubur Lambuk at HomeDifficulty: Easy
Bubur Lambuk is a Ramadan special and is loved by many. If you’re craving this porridge when it is not in season, check out this recipe and try your hand at it!
2 cups of uncooked rice (wash and soak for 2 hours)
½ kg beef (cut into small pieces)
1 knot of soup spice
250 ml coconut milk
3 tbsp pepper
3 large onions (blend)
1.5 cm ginger (blend)
1 beef bullion
1 carrot (cubed)
Parsley for garnish
Fried onion for garnish
- In a pot, pour in some oil and saute the blended onions, garlic and ginger until slightly brown and fragrant.
- Next, add in the soup spice knot, beef and rice. Mix well.
- Let the rice and beef fry for five minutes on medium-low heat before adding in the water. Close the lid of the pot and let boil until the rice becomes soft. This should take 10 minutes.
- Once the rice has turned to porridge, add the coconut milk and salt to taste.
- Stir well and add the grounded black pepper, bullion, potatoes and carrots. Cook for 10 minutes and remove from heat.
- Garnish with the parsley and fried onions.
Ways to Enjoy Bubur Lambuk
This one-pot meal is best shared with family and friends. We recommend preparing a small dish of cili padi and soy sauce for you to drizzle onto the porridge. A little spice is always good.
If you have the time, fry up some fish crackers to pair with your Bubur Lambuk! The added crunch is sure to bring further satisfaction—giving this nutritional dish an interesting twist.
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