Sale price39 kr
Goraka (Malabar Tamarind)
Wepathana, Sri Lanka
Madduma Bandara
August 2023
Pickup available at The Pepper Quest Smakstudio Usually ready in 2-4 days



The Pepper Quest Smakstudio

Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

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Goraka is a fruit in the mangosteen family native to Sri Lanka. It grows o large trees that produces small pumpkin like fruits that are harvested and dried. Goraka are the dried peels of the fruit. Sometimes it is called Malabar tamarind and is one of the main sour spices used in Sri Lankan and south Indian cooking.

We have fallen in love with this dried fruit due to its amazing sour and tart flavor that comes from the high amount of hydroxycitric acid. It is almost like a natural citric acid used in so many processed foods.

In Sri
Lanka and south India it is used in meat, crab and mostly coconut fish curries to bring a layer of sweet and sour. It works very well in pickles, chutneys and lentil stews. Also a beautiful ingredient for drinks and lemonades.

Our Goraka is sourced from a Kandian forest garden run by Madduma Bandara in Sri Lanka where it grows alongside mangoes, tamarind and pepper. 

    Andaliman is actually not a “true” pepper of the piperaceae family. We call it a flower or citrus pepper, from the genus Zanthoxylum, a species of a flowering plant in the larger citrus family of Rutaceae. The family can be found all over the world, the most famous cousins are Sichuan, Sansho and Timut Pepper.

Our Batak Pepper comes from the top of Samosir, in the vicinity of Lake Toba is the only place where they have been able to cultivate this spice through small scale agroforestry farming, on 1500m above sea level. We think that this due to its unique microclimate and volcanic soil.

    Agroforestry is a method of planting crops within forests, that in turn sustains diversity and healthy ecosystems. Harvesting andaliman is a real art and takes years to master. The plant has big, slightly poisonous thorns that must be navigated by the farmers. Our Andaliman is grown on top of Samosir about 1500m above sea level, in the cloud forest using agroforestry practices. This is a method of planting crops within forests, that in turn sustains diversity and healthy ecosystems.

    The location of Samosir is key to the taste and quality of our Andaliman due to the volcanic soil and microclimate. Andaliman is widely cooked with by the Batak people, a term used for a number of ethnic groups living predominantly in highlands of northern Sumatra. We are so proud to work with Koopas Andaliman and to be able to secure livelihood for over 150 families that are involved in the harvesting, sorting and producing.

    Pair with: Citrus, ginger, chili, onion, elderflower, tomato turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir lime, garlic, coriander, black pepper, long pepper, galangal, curry leaves, ketjap manis, coconut milk, salmon, fish sauce, horseradish, sesame, rice vinegar, pizza, olive oil, tofu, thyme, pumpkin, curry, rhubarb, potato.

    Cooking with this amazing spice is a real privilege, as well as an exciting learning experience. It can take some tries before one knows how much to use, when to apply it, how to apply it. We are still very much in that learning space and you are more than welcome to join. It enhancer of taste. If you combine it with sour, that sourness will taste more, combine it with chili, chili will taste even more. It is almost as if the pepper opens up your tastebuds and makes you conscious of the many layers of flavor.

    You can apply andaliman in different stages of your cooking. We use it both whole and ground. If used whole you will create these taste explosions. The Batak have their own unique food culture and recipes famous throughout the country. They also use the spice for many of the traditional Indonesian meals, giving the dishes a beautiful twist. Locally this spice is called Andaliman and is the preferred spice in most dishes whether it is fish, vegetarian, pork, chicken or beef.

    The spice is a must at all big celebrations. It is said on Samosir, that if an admirer doesn’t bring Andaliman to their beloveds parents on their first meeting, than that admirer isn’t a partner worthwhile. Something to keep in mind!

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    *Please note that the Studio is closed the summer 5 july - 12 august. Last ordinary send outs will be done first week of july. All orders placed after that will be shipped on 19 july and 1 august. Any questions dont hestiate to contact us on hello@thepepperquest.com

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    We have a 100% happiness policy when you buy our spices. If the spices do not succeed to wow you we will make sure to refund/re-send other flavors to make sure you are 100% happy with your purchase. 

    If your order is damaged or broken in transit, we are happy to refund/re-send, simply email us your order # and images to hello@thepepperquest.com

    For food safety reasons, we are unable to accept returns on opened products, but will do whatever we can to make sure you are happy with your purchase!

    Please note that the policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

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