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like sweet and savoury you must try the gudeg in Yogyakarta in Java a friend tells me Indonesia I know is famous for its nasi goreng rendang and satays but apparently Yogyakarta is the city for gudeg Gudeg it turns out is unripe jackfruit Or echor as we know it in Bengal dubbed “mutton of the tree” for its meaty texture I have not encountered echor outside a Bengali curry But this is no echor curry Gudeg is stewed for 13 hours with coconut milk and palm sugar until it melts into a dense glutinous reddish mass almost as sweet as a chutney The chicken leg (or head if you are a little more adventurous) and the hard-boiled egg accompanying it help cut down the sweetness but it still feels sinfully like a dessert masquerading as a main course This is 24×7 food — you can have it for breakfast or lunch Some restaurants only open at 10 at night On a street lined with little gudeg shops every other one has a portrait of a stern-looking Indonesian matriarch She’s the Gudeg Queen of Yogyakarta who apparently opened the first gudeg restaurant there in 1942 Sukarno had not even declared independence then Indonesia is a surreal country for the Indian traveller strewn with exemplars of the familiar in the midst of unfamiliar terrain Yogyakarta like most of Indonesia is Muslim but its two most revered landmarks are Buddhist and Hindu Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple with over 500 Buddha statues We are too lazy to get up at 330 am to check out the sunrise which means we have to brave the hordes of schoolchildren looking to practise their English instead “Grade us” they squeal after ambushing us on the terrace A stilted “Where you from” conversation is not enough To our horror they hand out little report cards as well But then suddenly I turn a corner and there’s nothing there but the most intricate frieze of a ship in full sail or a flying apsara and we could be in the 9th century Alas the illusion quickly evaporates as we leave the monument and find ourselves trapped in a maze of souvenir shops On the other side of Yogyakarta the temple spires of Prambanan pierce the sky In the centre stand the trimurti dedicated to Shiva Vishnu and Brahma and in front of them the temples for their vahanas — Nandi Garuda and Hamsa I hear a tour guide telling the abridged version of the Ramayana to a group of Japanese tourists armed with giant cameras It’s surreal to encounter your grandmother’s puja room and her bedtime stories so far away from home in unfamiliar accents to walk into the dimly lit recess of a temple chamber and see bats fluttering around Durga as Mahisasurmardini or to lean on a balcony and realise you are leaning on Krishna dismembering Kamsa and that delicate carving next to you is no ordinary tree but the Kalpataru But when we leave Prambanan and return to Yogyakarta it’s no crowded Indian temple town bustling with marigold garland shops and holy cows Instead Yogya is chicken country fried chicken country to be precise KFC feels like an also-ran in the land of ayam goreng where the batter is infused with lemongrass garlic and turmeric Every local eatery has a neatly piled pyramid of crunchy batter-fried chicken in its window The food courts boast brightly coloured local chains with names like Quick Chicken Even the McDonald’s billboard tries to tempt us with a plate of chicken drumsticks instead of jumbo burgers A Buddha at Borobudur Ayam or chicken is the first word I learn here before “Good Morning” or “Hello” or “Thank You” But there is more to life and food than ayam On the sprawling sidewalks away from the ritzy malls are row upon row of food stalls that set up every night I can take my shoes off sit down cross-legged on the mattress and order what I want The menu is on a billboard and helpfully illustrated like a children’s picture book A chicken next to ayam A cow next to sapi A duck next to bebek And puyuh or quail It all comes with dollops of sambal the fresh red chilli sauce ground on a stone mortar Indonesia has some 14000 islands and it seems as many sambals I learn a few names — sambal oelek sambal petis sambal asam — but then quickly lose track But when at a restaurant overlooking terraced paddy fields in Bali an entire duck turns up crispy fried the six kinds of sambal bravely surrounding it feel like lifesavers Bali of course is Hindu That means there are little shrines in the corner of lush rice fields and canang sari offerings of flowers betel nuts cigarettes and tiny salty crackers in palm-leaf trays outside storefronts Every family compound comes with its own temple and carved dwarpalas guarding the gate black and white checked sarongs wrapped around their portly middles Our taxi driver asks casually “Oh from India What’s your caste” At the beach as the sun goes down a sing-song message on a loudspeaker warns us “Please be careful on the beach it’s high tide om shanti om” Yet it’s a Hinduism that puzzles many Indians It’s devout yet beef is common Once a year there’s Nyepi a day of silence when the electricity is turned off the airport shuts down cars are off the street and everyone stays at home and meditates That’s unthinkable in India At the ancient Gunung Kawi temples carved into the hillside confused Indian tourists peek inside the empty chamber and ask the guide “But where is the God” The equally confused guide replies “But God is everywhere” The tourists look unconvinced as if a Shiva or a Krishna has been spirited away and deliberately hidden from them But this Hinduism without murtis fits rather neatly into the ethos of a largely Muslim country This is Eat Pray Love country and Ubud in Bali makes no bones about it The main street is lined with chic restaurants spas stores that sell summery dresses It’s like a California beach town all sunblock sunglasses and sundowners just with more dragonfruit and papaya The only locals around are the ones waiting tables or holding up signs that say Taxi I miss the street food of Yogya the vendor selling sticks threaded alternately with barbecued quail and quail eggs But the guidebook tells us to go eat babi guling — suckling pig — in downtown Ubud and so we do It comes with a dollop of rice and a crackling piece of pig skin As we chomp down on it we know we are not in Muslim country anymore Later Ida Bagus a Balinese priest and painter takes us for a walk in the paddy fields We are sceptical Paddy fields might be exotic to retired Americans from the Midwest but for the Bengali it seems a little overkill However the terraced fields of Bali and the centuries-old cooperative subak irrigation system with its water temples and canals and weirs is a Unesco World Heritage Site So we go And it is lovely to get away from the manicured ethno-chic of Ubud and walk in the fields to smell mud and grass to see flocks of scuttling ducks and lowing Balinese cows And best of all at the end of it there’s a lunch laid out for us There’s the ubiquitous fermented soya bean or tempe home-made pork sausage and wonder of wonders an actual salad made of tender succulent ferns and chopped coconut You have not eaten anything yet says a friend There’s Sumatran curries And Manado cuisine of Sulawesi Fish heads Cow feet Oxtail Bakso meatball noodle soups from Jakarta beloved of Barack Obama So many islands so little time The rest of the archipelago of flavours will have to wait But we have two bottles of kecap manis to tide us over till then Sandip Roy is a Calcutta-based writer For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Jalandhar | Published: February 14 2009 3:52 am Related News Prime land in Jalandhar city worth over Rs 100 crore was given on lease at just Re 1per annum and Rs 600 per annum by the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) to reputed schools in Jalandhar This was revealed in information procured under the Right To Information (RTI) Act The RTI application was filed by vice-president of Jalandhar District Congress Committee Sanjay Sehgalwho divulged the information to the press today The Congress leader had sought information about land given on lease by JIT in the past 20 years As per the informationabout 42 kanal14 marla and 37 square feet (over five acres) land was given on lease by JIT to Rajeshwari Kala Sangeet Academy under the 1128-acre scheme of New Jawahar Nagara posh colony in Jalandhar cityat a rate of Re 1 per annum in 1963 The reputed Apeejay School and Apeejay College are located on the same land for the past many decades The land is located on GT Road on Mahavir Margwhich is a main road of the city Similarly82 kanal17 marlas (over 10 acres) land was given to another reputed schoolMGNat the rate of Rs 600 per annum This school is also located on the old GT Road at Kapurthala Chowkanother posh area This land was given under the 79-acre scheme in Adarsh Nagar area Sehgal said it was mentioned in the lease that the land cannot be sub-leased further But MGN School has given this land on sub-lease to a bank and an ATM and is earning lakhs of rupees as rent? 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