Kolak is a native Indonesian food that was born during the transition to Islam, during the transition from the Demak kingdom to Islamic Mataram. Kolak is a symbol of Islamic teachings in Javanese culture, and then developed during the reign of the Mataram Sultanate.

So, the habit of cooking and serving compote is closely related to Islamic customs in the archipelago, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. When the holy month arrives, kolak is often used as a dish to break the fast.

Original kolak consists of the basic ingredients of kepok banana, sweet potato, and coconut milk, which are used as symbols. However, over time, compote has been transformed with various modern ingredients. However, compote based on banana and coconut milk is the most common.

History and Ideology of Kolak

“Khala” is a word that means “empty”. He hopes that humans will not commit any sins. People must always try to live without sin or away from evil.

Kolak also comes from the word “kholaqo”, which is a derivative of the word “kholiq” or “khaliq”, which means “to create”. Therefore, kolak also means that humans must always draw closer to the creator (God) so that they can obtain safety and blessings during their lives in this world.

Compote Food Containing Sweet Potatoes Remembers Death

Sweet potato or cassava food is included in the polo pendem food category, which means it grows underground (buried) in Javanese culture. Philosophically, it means that death is something that cannot be avoided and that every living person should always do good things during their life. People must immediately repent while they still have a chance to live if they still have many sins and bad deeds.

Banana Kepok Helps Prevent Sinful Actions

The word “kepok” comes from the word “kapok”, which means “to give up”. Philosophically, people who have sinned must immediately repent or give up because they have committed acts that are not praiseworthy and civilized. People should look in the mirror and consider what they have done. People must always give up, repent and be self-aware. This is solely to maintain the level of our faith and devotion to God.

Coconut milk is a way of saying sorry.

“Coconut milk”, an idiom for the word pangapunten, comes from Javanese. So, eating compote made from savory and sweet coconut milk should be considered as a reminder of the wrong we have done to someone we have lied to or hurt. We must immediately apologize and apologize to those concerned.

It seems like the history and symbolization of compote is like that. It turns out there is a lot of deep meaning behind this unique dish.

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