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Sayur Gori – Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk Recipe

Young jackfruit is a very common vegetables in Indonesia. Each region has its own signature young jackfruit dish. In Medan where I grew up, our signature dish is probably this sayur gori – jackfruit stew in coconut milk. This dish involves a long list of spices and aromatics, but I guarantee that it is a super easy dish to prepare. If you are fellow Medan expats, you will want to give this recipe a try and cook this lovely sayur gori in your kitchen 🙂

Sayur Gori – Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk

Young Jackfruit

On rare occasions, your Asian markets may stock fresh young jackfruit. If you are feeling adventurous, you can buy one (it will be really large and heavy!), bring it home, and chop it all up yourself. You will need to boil raw young jackfruit until a bit tender before starting with this recipe (Call it Step 0 if you will). But on most occasions, you can always get some canned young jackfruit. I will assume you are going to use the can version 🙂

Sayur Gori - Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk

Sayur Gori – Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk

The long list of spices and aromatics

Aside from the young jackfruit, here is the super long list of what you need to make this dish. The easy ones: shallot, garlic, ginger, red chilies, coconut milk, turmeric powder, salt, pepper, sugar. These you may need to go to your Asian markets: galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, cardamom pods, star anise, candlenuts (or macadamia), and tamarind. Phew! Once you have everything, let’s start cooking.

Sayur Gori - Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk

Sayur Gori – Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk

The Recipe

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Gudeg Jogja – Yogyakarta Jackfruit Stew Recipe

Gudeg Jogja – Yogyakarta Jackfruit Stew.

The top two young jackfruit dishes in Indonesia are Padang jackfruit curry and Yogyakarta jackfruit stew (gudeg Jogja).

Traditionally, we cook gudeg by simmering young jackfruits for long hours in a Javanese clay pot. The dish is done when the jackfruit has absorbed all the spices and liquid, resulting in super flavorful and melt-in-your-mouth jackfruit meat. ♥

Ingredients for gudeg Jogja: young jackfruit, coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, hard-boiled eggs, salt, coriander, black tea, garlic, shallot, galangal, lemongrass, candlenuts, kaffir lime leaves, and daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves).

Ingredients for gudeg Jogja: young jackfruit, coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, hard-boiled eggs, salt, coriander, black tea, garlic, shallot, galangal, lemongrass, candlenuts, kaffir lime leaves, and daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves).

Ingredients for gudeg Jogja

We will need young jackfruit, coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, hard-boiled eggs, salt, coriander, black tea, garlic, shallot, galangal, lemongrass, candlenuts, kaffir lime leaves, and daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves).

Where to buy young jackfruit for making gudeg Jogja

You can use either canned young jackfruit, or you can buy a fresh one from your nearest Asian market.

My local Asian market only occasionally stocks fresh young jackfruit, so I use the canned version most of the time whenever I prepare gudeg.

If you happen to live in Indonesia, your neighborhood wet market probably stocks them regularly. And be sure to get the seller to cut them for you if you don’t want to deal with the sticky mess.

(1) Place daun salam, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass, tea bag, salt, palm sugar, spice paste, and young jackfruit into a soup pot. (2) Add coconut milk and making sure everything is submerged. (3) Simmer for 3 hours, then add hard-boiled eggs. (4) Simmer for another 1 hour until the sauce is reduced and quite dry.

(1) Place daun salam, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass, tea bag, salt, palm sugar, spice paste, and young jackfruit into a soup pot. (2) Add coconut milk and making sure everything is submerged. (3) Simmer for 3 hours, then add hard-boiled eggs. (4) Simmer for another 1 hour until the sauce is reduced and quite dry.

How to prepare fresh young jackfruit

If you spot young jackfruit in the market and decide to prepare your own, here are what you need to do:

  1. Be sure to oil your knife with each cut to prevent the sticky sap from sticking to your knife.
  2. Be sure to use only the fleshy part, the green part from the rind should not be used at all.
  3. Discard the tough center core (similar to how we discard pineapple core).
  4. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  5. Boil in a pot of water until tender before using.
  6. Once boiled, and if you don’t plan to use the jackfruit right away, you can let cool and freeze in a freezer-safe ziplock.

For beginners, I highly suggest using canned young jackfruit. Not only is this option so much easier, but it also means you can prepare gudeg any time you crave this dish. 😀

Gudeg Jogja - Yogyakarta Jackfruit Stew.

Gudeg Jogja – Yogyakarta Jackfruit Stew.

How to cook gudeg Jogja

1. Prepare spice paste

Grind shallot, garlic, candlenuts, and coriander in a food processor into a smooth paste.

2. Boil jackfruit

Place daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves), kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass, tea bag, salt, palm sugar, spice paste, and young jackfruit into a pot.

Pour coconut milk into the pot, making sure that everything is submerged, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the sauce is reduced by about half, stirring every 30 minutes or so. This can take anywhere from 3 to 4 hours.

3. Add hard-boiled eggs

Add hard-boiled eggs and stir. Continue simmering for another 1 to 2 hours, or until the sauce is fully absorbed by the jackfruit and eggs.

Gudeg Jogja - Indonesian Yogyakarta Jackfruit Stew.

Gudeg Jogja – Indonesian Yogyakarta Jackfruit Stew.

What to serve with gudeg

At the minimum, you can serve gudeg Jogja with steamed white rice. For a better experience, you may also want to make some of the following dishes:

You may also want to upgrade steamed white rice to nasi gurih or nasi liwet.

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Gulai Nangka – Jackfruit Curry Recipe

Gulai Nangka – Indonesian Jackfruit Curry

Indonesia is a multi-ethnic country with a wide variety of cuisines. One of the most popular cuisines in Indonesia is Padang cuisine. Unlike many other cuisines, Padang cuisine is widespread across the country. It is almost impossible not to see a Padang restaurant in any neighborhood. Understandably, most Indonesians’ favorite food will involve a Padang dish or two.

Some of the more popular Padang cuisine dishes include: rendang, telur balado, terong balado, ayam pop, ayam bakar, gulai ayam, gulai daun singkong, gulai nangka, and sambal cabe ijo. The official list of dishes is much longer. You can eat only Padang cuisine every lunch and dinner for a week or two before the need for any repeat.

For me, Gulai Nangka is one of the must-haves whenever I visit a Padang restaurant. Among the many Indonesian jackfruit dishes, Padang jackfruit curry is my favorite.

Let me share my recipe to make a Padang restaurant Gulai Nangka (jackfruit curry). The ingredients will be long, but it is easy to cook this curry at home. For Padang food lovers, I promise you will love this recipe.

Ingredients for gulai nangka (Indonesian jackfruit curry): young jackfruit, coconut milk, shallot (or onion), garlic, ginger, galangal, red chilies, star anise, cardamom pods, candlenuts, kaffir lime leaves, daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves), tamarind, turmeric, salt, and palm sugar.

Ingredients for gulai nangka (Indonesian jackfruit curry): young jackfruit, coconut milk, shallot (or onion), garlic, ginger, galangal, red chilies, star anise, cardamom pods, candlenuts, kaffir lime leaves, daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves), tamarind, turmeric, salt, and palm sugar.

Ingredients for Gulai Nangka (Indonesian jackfruit curry)

(1) Puree garlic, ginger, galangal, red chilies, and candlenuts into a smooth paste. Mix tamarind with water to get tamarind juice/paste. (2) Sauté spice paste, turmeric, star anise, crushed cardamom pods, daun salam, and kaffir lime leaves. (3) Add young jackfruit pieces. (4) Add coconut milk, water, tamarind juice/paste, salt, and palm sugar.

(1) Puree garlic, ginger, galangal, red chilies, and candlenuts into a smooth paste. Mix tamarind with water to get tamarind juice/paste. (2) Sauté spice paste, turmeric, star anise, crushed cardamom pods, daun salam, and kaffir lime leaves. (3) Add young jackfruit pieces. (4) Add coconut milk, water, tamarind juice/paste, salt, and palm sugar.

Young jackfruit (canned vs. fresh)

I usually buy canned young jackfruit since it is not common to find fresh jackfruits in the US. It is also more convenient to use canned jackfruits since they are ready to cook once drained.

If you want to use fresh jackfruit, select a green unripe jackfruit. The ripe fruit is not for cooking, but you can enjoy the ripe yellow fruits if you choose the wrong one.

For those living in Indonesia or other countries where the markets sell fresh young jackfruits, you can usually buy a portion of the fruit and not the whole fruit. Jackfruit is quite a large fruit, so there is a tacit understanding that most people will not buy a whole fruit.

Handling fresh jackfruit is tricky since it is very sappy and sticky. Please oil your blade with each cut, or it will be difficult to clean it later. If you buy it fresh from a traditional market, you can request the seller to cut the jackfruit, saving you from doing this chore yourself.

Finally, you will need to boil fresh young jackfruit in a pot of water for one hour before they are ready to be used in this recipe.

The curry is done when the jackfruit is tender and a fork can goes through the meat easily.

The curry is done when the jackfruit is tender and a fork can goes through the meat easily.

How to cook Gulai Nangka (Indonesian jackfruit curry)

1. Prepare spice paste

Puree onion/shallot, garlic, red chilies, candlenuts, ginger, and galangal into a smooth paste.

TIPS: If the paste remains chunky, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, and puree again.

2. Make tamarind paste/juice

Mix tamarind with three tablespoons of warm water. Massage with hands until the mixture is dark brown and thick. Strain to remove all the seeds and pulps to get tamarind paste/juice.

3. Cook the curry

Heat oil in a pot over medium heat and sauté spice paste, star anise, cardamom pods, turmeric powder, Indonesian bay leaves, and kaffir lime leaves until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Add the young jackfruit and mix well.

Add coconut milk, water, tamarind, salt, and palm sugar. Once it boils, lower the heat and simmer for 2 hours or until the jackfruit is soft.

Adjust salt and sugar as needed. Turn off the heat and serve immediately.

The finished curry will also has a reduced sauce and a darker color compared to when it starts.

The finished curry will also has a reduced sauce and a darker color compared to when it starts.

How to eat in a Padang restaurant

There is an unwritten rule to what one should do when visiting a Padang restaurant for a sit-down meal.

First, you walk into the restaurant and scan for empty tables. If you spot one, walk to it and take a sit.

Soon, a waiter will bring you a serving of steamed white rice along with approximately a dozen dishes, each dish enough to feed one to two persons. It is similar to a dim-sum experience but with Padang cuisine flair.

Tea is usually the norm, but you can ask for other drinks like bottled water, coffee, or soft drinks.

Partake only the dishes you want to eat unless you are willing to pay for everything. It is best to set aside the plates/bowls you don’t want to eat or ask the server to take those away from the table.

If there is a particular dish you want, you can ask for it specifically from the server. You can also walk to the counter with a mountain of different dishes, each one looking more delicious than the next. Select the ones you want and request to be sent to your table.

After you finish your meal, signal a server for the bill. Make the payment and be on your merry way with a full belly.

Transfer jackfruit curry to a serving bowl and serve with steamed white rice.

Transfer jackfruit curry to a serving bowl and serve with steamed white rice.

Other Padang cuisine recipes to try

If you love this jackfruit curry and want to give other Padang cuisine dishes a try, you may want to try my other Padang recipes:

1. Padang meat dishes

2. Padang vegetable dishes

3. Padang egg dishes

4. Padang noodle dishes

5. Padang chili relish

Gulai Nangka - Padang restaurant jackfruit curry.

Gulai Nangka – Padang restaurant jackfruit curry.

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