Recipe: Urab Sayur, a salad dish with coconut dressing


Urab sayur is a boiled vegetable salad traditional from Indonesia. What characterizes the dish is its dressing made with grated coconut and seasonings. A refreshing dish featuring nice texture, flavour and colour.

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Recipe: Indonesian coconut and vegetable salad (Urab Sayur)

Dish Type: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indonesia
Keyword: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 portions


  • 1 cup long beansor green beans cut into pieces of 3 cm
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup cabbagechopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 red chillisliced
  • 2 leaves kaffir limeor the zest of 1 lime
  • 1 cm gingergrated
  • 1 shallotor ¼ onion – finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconutgrated
  • salt and pepperto taste
  • fresh turmericgrated or powdered (optional)


Start by bleaching the vegetables and leaves:

  • Put a pan with water and salt to boil
  • As soon as it boils, add the green beans and the bean sprout. Cook it for 3 minutes.
  • In the same pan add the spinach and the cabbage. Cook for another 1 minute.
  • With the help of a sieve, drain the water from the pan.
  • Put the sieve with the drained vegetables under cold water – this will cease the cooking. Put it aside.

Now, prepare the coconut dressing:

  • Add coconut oil to a frying pan, sauté garlic, onion, grated ginger, chilli and turmeric.
  • In a big bowl, mix the grated coconut with the sauteed spices.
  • Add a pinch of salt and the kaffir lime leaves (or the lime zest)
  • Mix it well!

Finishing the plate:

  • In a bowl, mix the boiled vegetables and leaves with the spiced grated coconut
  • Mix it well! The best is to use your hands, feel the food you are preparing!
  • Taste it and adjust accordingly – more salt? How about a lemon juice?


Cool Substitutions

  • Spinach – you can use any type of kale. For a truly Indonesian taste, consider using papaya leaf or cassava leaf.
  • Bean sprouts – remember that you want some crispness here – how about exploring other types of sprouts like lentils or sesame?
  • This recipe is tastier with freshly grated coconut, but you can also use the leftover coconut fibre from the process of making coconut milk.

Menu Suggestion

Serve it with jasmine rice + fried tofu + sour vegetables soup (Sayur Assam)

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Looks amazing! Will definitely have to try this recipe.