Diana’s Delights



Natsir’s wife, Diana, spends most of her time in the kitchen. Her dream was to open a restaurant. That never happened, yet from that tiny kitchen she manages to create wonders, feeding between twelve to twenty people on a regular basis. So restaurant it is, and certainly the best we’ve been to in Indonesia. Here are two of her simple and delicious recipes:



Ingredients (≈ 20 corn fritas):

  • 1 raw corn
  • 4-5 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 2 eggs
  • A bit of flower
  • coarse salt
  • vegetable oil


  1. Slice the corn
  2. Smash the shallots, garlic cloves and salt
  3. Dice the tomato
  4. Beat the eggs
  5. Mix all the ingredients
  6. Add flower
  7. Slide several spoonfuls of the mixture in oil
  8. Deep fry for a few minutes then set aside on a strainer
  9. Serve warm as a snack or as a side




  • 1 pack of tempeh
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 4-5 shallots
  • 3-4 chili
  • palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • salt
  • vegetable oil


  1. Smash the shallots, chili and salt
  2. Dice the tomatoes
  3. Slice the tempeh in long strips
  4. Deep fry the tempeh, then put aside on a strainer
  5. Get rid of the oil
  6. Place the mixture of shallots, chili and salt in the pan
  7. Add the tomatoes
  8. Add the palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  9. When the sauce is ready, add the tempeh and stir
  10. Serve warm with corn fritas, rice and/or vegetables

Terima kasih Diana.