ACTNews, NORTH LOMBOK – Thick smoke bellowed from big cauldron filled with rice in Qurbani Kitchen in Penjalin Hamlet, Sigar Penjalin Village, Tanjung Sub-District, North Lombok. A lady was seen busy stirring the rice inside and pouring it to a colander. The rice was cooked, but the side dish was not ready.
Another lady was seen holding a stick made from coconut tree. The stick was used to stir the content of a pot. Inside the pot was pieces of brownish meat cooked in fragrant spices. “People of Lombok called it kelak air,” said Marsiah, the cook, on Friday (8/24).
Kelak air was the dish cooked from the qurbani meat received by people of Penjalin Hamlet from Global Qurban – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). At 1 p.m., right after Friday prayer, people gathered in the kitchen. The rice and the side dish, a curry-like dish, were served for lunch, uniting the earthquake victims of Lombok.
The cheerful moment was filled with chitchats and laughter. Some went for their second plate of rice; some enjoyed the meat without rice. They basked in sunshine under the palm trees.
Not far from the Qurbani Kitchen was an open field on which the cows were sacrificed. In Tanjung, Global Qurban sacrificed 61 cows. The slaughter was done in batches since Eid (8/23) to the third day of tashriq, Saturday (8/25).
“It was only for Tanjung sub-district, and distributed to many hamlets,” said Kusmayadi, who oversees the ACT post in Tanjung.
Cooking and enjoying dinner together
It was 5:38 p.m. The sky was clear and cloudless, painted with orange tint of dusk. Palm trees provided shade for the people of Penjalin Hamlet who were busy skinning, cutting, and cooking the qurbani meat.
Laughter of the ladies filled the air with elation amidst the cracking sound of burning wood that fueled the pot. The water inside the pot was boiling, cooking and softening pieces of beef inside.
On another stove, a frying pan was filled with boiling oil. Some of the meat that had been boiled and cut into smaller pieces was fried. “This is called fried beef,” said Marsalah, the lady who cooked in the Qurbani Kitchen.
Like other ladies on the site, she was busy cooking, while the men were assigned with slaughtering dozens of cows and cutting the meat. The dishes were cooked to conclude the qurbani activities done by Global Qurban – ACT that afternoon.
At 6:04 p.m., it was still bright. All the dishes were ready to eat. The fried beef was served on a metal tray with hot sauce as the condiment.
The evacuees and volunteers sat together to savor the dishes from the qurbani meat as they laughed and relaxed. The second day of tashriq was concluded with a dinner under the orange sky, amidst the crowded makeshift tents.