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Lawar, A Balinese Delicacy

LawarLawar is one of Bali's most famous local dishes. Made from pig's blood and spices, together with an assortment of other goodies, lawar can be found in every village in Bali. It is custom that every family make lawar at special occasions such as ceremonies.

On the day of a ceremony Balinese people rise ealry early in the morning to prepare food. The men will take care of the satay and lawar while the women work away preparing offerings. Men will sit in a circle, chopping, chatting and mashing, generally socializing. There's no rush in Balinese ceremonies and the men enjoy chatting, sipping coffee of some arak, while making the food.

Green beans, grated coconut, and boiled young jackfruit are the main ingredients for lawar. All chopped up and blended together with Balinese traditional spices such as turmeric, shrimp paste, salt and ground pepper, galangal and other roots. The meat in it distinguishes the type of lawar - chicken, duck, beef, pork or even turtle. Although it is considered a delicacy at ceremony time, fortunately, turtle lawar is becoming less and less common. Most lawar has a raw blood mixed with it but not all Balinese like this and many prefer their lawar vegetarian.


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