2 weeks ago while we were in KB, I helped my MIL prepared Nasi Kerabu Biru using Bunga Telang (also known as Blue Pea/Butterfly Pea or Clitoria Ternatea). We would only make Nasi Kerabu Biru once in a blue moon. Tak rajin nak petik2 bunga. Usually we would only have plain white rice for Nasi Kerabu. One of the reasons is because the flower doesn't have any taste and only gives color to the rice.
To get the indigo coloured juice for the rice, I used a spoon to mash up the petals of Bunga Telang (in a bowl) and added some water. Next, I just got rid of the mashed petals and you'll get the juice. Senang je..Some people would just cook the petals (without mashing the petals) with the the rice in order to get the blue rice.
This is the plant at the backyard of my MIL's house. I dont know if it has other name. My MIL call it bunga nasi kerabu je.. It looks a bit different from Bunga Telang at my neighbour's fence. as it has more petals..
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That day, I also made Roselle Lychee juice.
I bought some fresh roselle calyces at a market near my MIL's house in KB. Murah je..Roselle calyces are exported to America and Europe where they are used for food coloring. It has also been used in folk medicine as a diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer.
Boil the calyces with some sugar
Roselle juice is a popular pro-health drink as it contains a lot vitamin C and also other vitamins and minerals. My daughter doesn't really like the taste of Roselle juice because it's a bit sour. So, I added some lychee fruit into the Roselle juice. So, it became Roselle lychee juice and she likes it so much.