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A bowl of homemade kerisik
Alternative namesambu-ambu (Minangkabau), kelapa gongseng (Bahasa Indonesia)
Place of originMalaysia
Region or stateSumatra, Singapore and Malay Peninsula
Created byMalaysian Malay
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Toasted coconut flesh is pounded to an oily paste to make kerisik.

Kerisik (Jawi: كريسيق) (in Malaysian), also known as ambu-ambu (in Minangkabau) and kelapa gongseng (in Indonesian), is a condiment or spice made from grinding toasted and grated coconut used in cooking among the Malay and Minangkabau communities of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is sometimes referred to as coconut butter. It can be made at home as a byproduct of extracting coconut milk or bought ready made. Kerisik is used in dishes such as kerabu salads, nasi ulam, Malaysia curry , gulai and especially rendang as a gravy thickener.[1]

Kerisik means "dry" in Malaysian, in the sense of leaves or grated coconut.[2] Fresh kerisik can be easily made from fresh coconut which is grated and sautéed on low heat, then ground in a mortar and pestle. Dried grated coconut can also be used, however, the resulting paste is not as fragrant. Pre-made kerisik can develop an unpleasant smell.

It is not easily found outside Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and will most likely only be found in Asian specialty food shops outside of these countries.


Prepackaged kerisik

Kerisik is divided into grade 'A', for kerisik that is fragrant and creamy, tastes sweet and has a nutty aftertaste, and grade 'B', which tends to have fewer of the fragrant notes which are the key point in choosing a good kerisik. As for the last grade, grade 'C', manufacturers tend to use coconut leftovers from the production of coconut milk. This leaves the kerisik with only the nutty taste and with a bland and husky aftertaste. This 'C' grade kerisik floods the market, confusing customers.

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  1. ^ Arokiasamy, Christina (2017). The Malaysian Kitchen: 150 Recipes for Simple Home Cooking. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 362. ISBN 0544810023.
  2. ^ Kamus Bahasa Dewan Pustaka Malaysia kerisik means dry https://prpm.dbp.gov.my/cari1?keyword=kerisik