Monday 10 June 2013

Sayur Lodeh (Curry Vegetables) and Lontong

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And now for the today's recipe: Sayur Lodeh, or vegetables in a curried soup, is a popular dish locally and in the region. Occasionally, I would have cravings for this spicy and aromatic dish. It's very easy and fast to whip up because we can find the curry paste or powder in the supermarket. All one needs to do is add the coconut milk and boil the vegetables till softened. 

As convenient ready-made curry paste is, I don't think anything beats making it from scratch. So when the craving hit, I decided that was what I was going to do. It takes a little time and effort to prepare the ingredients for the curry paste but once you take a sniff of that lovely aroma, you'll think its all worth it! My mouth was already watering when I was frying the paste. 

The Sayur Lodeh turned out to be wonderfully fragrant and delicious. It is fairly spicy for those who are not used to strong tastes but I absolutely love it! I made the Sayur Lodeh for a gathering with friends and along with it, I served Lontong - compressed rice cooked inside a banana leave. Sayur Lodeh with Lontong is a very common dish found in the hawker centres locally and its makes a filling and appetising one-dish meal. Everyone gave the dish a thumbs up!

Sayur Lodeh (Curry Vegetables) and Longtong (Serves 4 to 6)
Recipe adapted from 3 Hungry Tummies

Curry Paste
  • 10 dried chillies, soaked in hot water til soften, seeds removed
  • 3 red chillies, chopped
  • 6 candle nuts (macadamia nuts and brazil nuts are good substitute)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 6 shallots (150 g), chopped
  • 1.5 tbs of turmeric powder
  • 1 cm piece of shrimp paste, toasted (I used 10 g)
  • 30 g of dried shrimp, soaked in hot water and chopped
  • a 5 cm knob of ginger
  • a 5 cm knob of galangal or 1.5 tbs of galangal powder
  • 2 lemongrass (white parts only), chopped
Sayur Lodeh
  • Curry paste from above recipe
  • 350 g of long beans or green beans, cut into 5 cm length
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 5 cm strips
  • 1/2 a head of cabbage, cut into strips/pieces
  • 1 eggplant or 3 oriental eggplants, cut into chunks
  • 10 fried tofu puffs, halved
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 cup of stock 
  • Extra 300 ml of water (my addition as I wanted more gravy)
  • 3 kaffir lime leave, torn for extra fragrance
  • Seasoning to taste 
To serve
  • Ready-made Lontong, steamed for 15-20 minutes till hot. Serve topped with the Curry Vegetables and boiled eggs.
  • Place the curry paste ingredients into a blender and blend everything to a fine paste.
  • Prepare and set aside the vegetables and tofu puffs.
  • Saute curry paste til oil separates (For some reason, I wasn't able to get the oil to separate even after dry frying it for about 15 minutes).
  • Add coconut milk, stock and kaffir lime leaves and bring it to a boil.
  • Add in the vegetables gradually and cook til tender (I added an extra 300 ml of water to the curry while its cooking as I found the sauce too thick. I cooked for about 40 mins)
  • Season to taste with salt or other types of seasoning (I used 1 tsp of mushroom seasoning).
  • Serve as part of a Malaysian meal. You'll need plenty of steamed rice with this.
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Miss B from Everybody Eats Well in Flandersat this post.

This is for Made with Love Mondays by Javelin Warrior.


  1. Very delicious curry vegetables, it makes my mouth watering!

  2. Mich, I love sayur lodeh - it's a great meat-free option with the spicy curry gravy to whet the appetite.

  3. Mich, I love sayur lodeh. Must cook it soon!

  4. Hi Mich
    I used to order this when eat out at Malay stores.... and now looking at your post, I can cook this at home now. Thank you so much for sharing. Will try this. How I wish I can just have a small bowl from you now.....yum.

  5. Mich, this looks really salivating! Although I dun really fancy lobang but I love curry veggie, yum yum.

  6. I would love to have a big bowl of this lontong with the curry vegetables...I always think this is healthier than the meaty curry lol!

  7. I don't mind having meatless curry. Love it!

  8. I've just tried Lena's , now it''s your turn lol Just as I thought , very appetizing and just as scrumptious ! Meatless , another extra point ;D

  9. Look very appetizing and sound healthy too.

  10. Looks like such a warm and inviting meal, not to miss it being super healthy too!!

  11. Healthy and full of goodness and flavour that's how a good meal should be! Delicious!

  12. Hi, Mich, like I told Phong Hong b4, I also love curry very much but it's just that I don't eat it that often. Your vegetarian curry has reminded me of my mum's cooking becoz she doesn't eat meat that much & so she prefers to cook the vegetarian curry than the meat curry! It looks delicious in these pictures!

  13. hmm looks flavourful & yumm. I love this Malysian curry paste & it has so many flavours going in there.

  14. Sayur Lodeh with Lontong, yummy yummy! Thanks for linking up once again! I am also gonna make a few more curry dishes this month, still thinking of what to make, this sayur lodeh looks like a good idea, but I don't have tofu puffs, eggplants and lontong. :S

  15. Mich, salivating at your sayur lodeh. Have not eaten a good one for a long time.

  16. I love that you made your own curry paste, Mich! I'm sure it was worth the effort and what an undertaking... This curry does sound spicy, but I love the combination of vegetables... Very tasty.

  17. Mich.. Never had something like this before but it looks delicious.. need to try soon..

  18. I love Sayur Lodeh! Will try this recipe one of these days! Thanks!!!

  19. I never had anything like this, and from your list of ingredients I can tell you that this dish must taste delicious Mich.
    Have a great week :D

  20. Hi Mich,
    Your lontong and sayur lodeh looks so mouth-watering delicious! This is great for a gathering, we usually have seconds and sometimes third rounds...much later of course! We would cook a big pot! Now you are making me crave for lontong.....!!!!

  21. These vegetables in this dish look delicious :)

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  22. This looks like such a delicious dish! I love all the veggies and all the wonderful flavors in here.

  23. Hi Mich, I loveeeeee sayur lodeh. It's one of those vegetarian dishes which I can eat all the time and not miss the meat.

  24. Hi Mich, your sayur lodeh look soooo delicious and tempting. I'm one of the biggest fan and never get tired of eating this. LOL
    Next time cook extra for us? :)

    Have a great week ahead.

  25. This dish sounds wonderful, full of flavor.

  26. oh i dont know how different is this from the normal chinese curry mixed vegetables but it sure looks mouthwatering!

  27. YUM! This look so appetizing & inviting! I love vegetable curry that I usually eat with Quinoa or couscous ! Bookmarking this recipe ! ;)

  28. I was over at someone's blog earlier who shares curry with eggs. I love eating curry with boiled eggs, and when I see it, like right now, my craving starts immediately. This looks so good, Mich! I wish I can just order this dish now. :)

  29. Awesome looks absolutely delicious and healthy too!

  30. Hi Mich,
    Wow! This sure looks inviting!
    Love the sayur and lontong...yum yum!

  31. Could not agree more! I find myself making a big batch and freezing it in flat zip lock bags!

  32. Hi Mich,

    Your homemade lontong looks wonderful. It has been a while that I have eaten lontong. Every time I goes back to Singapore, there is so much food to eat but I got limited tummy space :p