My Family’s Hari Raya Feasting

Good morning, dear friends πŸ˜€

…and a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to my Muslim friends here, too! πŸ˜€

My family also enjoyed the Hari Raya festive spirit in a muhibbah way and I cooked up a storm with some yummy traditional Malay dishes. On the eve of Hari Raya, I had spent the whole day in the kitchen, cooking 40 Ketupat (rice in casings weaved from coconut leaves), 2 kilos of Beef Rendang (Dry Beef Curry) and a pot of Kuah Kacang (Peanut or Satay Sauce)…. they were to be had on the first day of Hari Raya but ……my hubby and children were already drooling over these Malay delicacies that in the end, because they couldn’t wait, we had them for dinner instead…on the eve of Hari Raya! πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

My Hari Raya Eve’s dinner – a bowl of Kuah Kacang, some sliced cucumbers, Beef Rendang, and some cut-up Ketupat πŸ˜€

A large bowl of cooked Ketupat ( RECIPE HERE)


For our Hari Raya Brunch, I cooked a simple Nasi Lemak with Malaysian Fried Chicken, simple Potato & Cabbage curry (sort of like a Sayur Masak Lodeh) and Sambal and the Beef Rendang from the day before also complemented the Nasi Lemak.

My hubby’s plate of Hari Raya Brunch – Nasi Lemak (Fragrant Coconut Rice) with sliced cucumbers/tomatoes, Sambal, Beef Rendang, Malaysian Fried Chicken, Fried Ikan Bilis, Potato & Cabbage Curry πŸ˜€

Malaysian Style Crispy Fried Chicken

Potato & Cabbage Curry (similar to Sayur Masak Lodeh)

Spicy Sambal/Chili

Continuing on with our Hari Raya celebratory mood, I decided on the spur of the moment to cook some Chicken Satay for dinner, something I hadn’t done in 20 years because we always had satay bought from the Malay stalls…..but riding on the tide of Malay food, I thought having homemade satay was a fantastic idea. The only problem was my satay was grilled in the oven, instead of over some hot charcoals (which would have made the satay more authentic and flavourful) …. but luckily, my hubby and children loved the taste of my satay very much and I was much relieved! Phew! πŸ˜†

Chicken Satay (recipe at the bottom of page)

….and my family’s Hari Raya feasting came a full circle..for the Chicken Satay complemented the Ketupat and Kuah Kacang perfectly! Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2008! πŸ˜€

My dinner plate of homemade Kuah Kacang, Beef Rendang, Ketupat and Chicken Satay πŸ˜€

I will be posting the recipes and more pictures for each of the Malay food here and put their links here as well for easy finding! πŸ˜‰

Added on 29 June, 2009 Easy Chicken Satay Recipe

500 gm of chicken breasts – cleaned and cut into cubes

1 tbsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tbsp or more sugar (usually satay is a little sweet)

1 tbsp cumin powder

1 tbsp fennel powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

3 shallots and 2 cloves garlic, pounded

5 tbsps of thick coconut milk

Method :- Mix chicken with the rest of the ingredients. Set aside for an hour to marinate (overnight is better). Skewer with bamboo sticks. Brush a little oil before grilling in the oven. The satay Β tastes best if grilled over some charcoals. You can adjust the amount of the spices in the marinade to suit your tastes. πŸ˜‰

Note – soak the bamboo skewers in water for a few hours. This prevents them from burning. πŸ’‘

Bon Appetit! πŸ˜€


4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Nic said,

    Hi dear Choesf, where can i find the link to satay recipe? Thanks heaps x


    • 2

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Nic πŸ˜€

      I’m sorry, I forgot to provide the Chicken Satay recipe. 😳 I have added it to this post. Thank you for reminding me. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  2. 3

    hanapatria said,

    thanks for sharing, they look so delicious. especially the nasi lemak with all the goodies.


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Hanapatria πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments. Do have a wonderful week ahead! πŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


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