Belinjo / Melinjo

I’ve been seeing a lot of this tiny red fruit at the Prawirotaman market the first time I was there so the next time I went there with an English speaking Indonesian cook, I asked her for the name.

Belinjo says the cook while showing several fruits in her hand.
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Here’s a closer look at the fruit and its nut inside.
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Belinjo nut can be made into a krupuk when roasted, peeled and pounded manually. Krupuk is a standard side dish in Indonesia with several variations and this is one of those.
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Garlic krupuk, shrimp krupuk and belinjo krupuk (pointed by the red arrow) with sambal as accompaniment to the lunch meal we prepared.
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