Special Dishes Warms Up the Day After Eid

Right after being slaughtered, the goats sacrificed in Grogol Village in Gunungkidul were immediately skinned and chopped up before being cooked by the ladies of the village. They cooked special dishes to be eaten together that afternoon.

ACTNews, GUNUNGKIDUL – The smoke from a traditional stove billowed from one of the houses in Grogol Village, Paliyan Subdistrict, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta. Sri, the owner of the house, said that three other villagers and she were going to process the meat of the goats that had been slaughtered to be eaten together on Monday (8/12) afternoon.

The aroma of various herbs and spices burst out as they were frying in hot oil. The spices and herbs were sautéed. Sri said that the ladies of the village were processing the goat meat into tongseng. "This is the easiest and quickest dish to make. It can be eaten later for lunch," Sri said while stirring the tongseng in a large skillet.

The whole kitchen, which is called pawon in Javanese, was filled with smoke, making our eyes hurt and water. However, it did not dampen the spirit of the women to cook special dishes.

The cooking process was quite short. The ladies divided the jobs among themselves in order to speed up the cooking. Some washed the ingredients, others processed the meat, and cooked rice. In two hours, the dishes were ready to be eaten.

From the kitchen, the voices of the men outside can be heard. They were at a small mosque where the sacrifice was taking place. The kitchen and the mosque is only separated by a patch of teak garden whose leaves dried out due to the dry season. These men slaughtered and chopped the meat for the women to cook.

It was 10:30 a.m. when the cooking was done. The women then brought the food to the mosque. There, dozens of residents involved in the sacrifice of the qurbani animals from Global Qurban. They were ready to have lunch together.

Feasting on the qurbani meat

After the mats were spread, dozens of people sat together to eat the meat that had been cooked by the women. The warmth of togetherness filled the air. They chatted, talking about everyday matters.

Sutaryono as Chairman of RT 17, Karangmojo Hamlet, Grogol Paliyan Village, said that for two Eid al-Adha, Global Qurban has slaughtered goats in his village. Dozens of animals were slaughtered. In fact, in 2019 there were 105 goats that were sacrificed.

"Every year, the residents of Grogol Village enjoy dishes like this. Eating together becomes a tradition," Sutaryono said.

In Eid al-Adha 2019, Global Qurban slaughtered around 200 goats to be distributed in Gunungkidul. The central locations were in the Paliyan and Semin subdistricts. The two subdistricts are among the 14 sub-districts in Gunungkidul that are experiencing drought.

Kharis Pradana from ACT Yogyakarta Team said that on the first day after Eid, besides slaughtering sacrificial animals, ACT also distributed clean water. Pengos Village in Paliyan Subdistrict was the location of the water distribution that day.

"This water distribution becomes our regular program during the dry season, especially in Gunungkidul, which is most severely affected by drought due to the lack of water sources," Kharis explained. []