WHB #277: Urap Sayuran (Javanese Mixed Vegetable Salad with Spiced Grated Coconut)

I swelled. (Oh, no! Mayday! Mayday!)

This was because I've been skipping yoga class for a month now, while my appetite increases since returning from Yogyakarta. You know, there were too much indulging delicacies. In result, I gained several pounds. And when exceed my normal weight I always feel heavy, limp and easily get sick. Very unpleasant. So, guess it's diet time until my weight back to normal.

As a start, today I make urap sayuran. A mixed vegetable salad 'dressed' with spiced grated coconut, that usually served as side dish of Javanese traditional yellow rice (especially in Central part of Java island). This is a sample of Indonesian simple dish; the vegetable are blanched and the coconut dressing is steamed or toasted with refined spices. Then both tossed together. As simple as that.

I have a new mortar and pestle which I brought in Beringharjo market, Yogyakarta, almost two weeks ago. Now is the time to play with it!

Trying the new mortar and pestle.

Javanese Mixed Vegetable Salad with Spiced Grated Coconut
(Urap Sayuran, adapted from The Best of Indonesian Cooking)

  • 3 shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (roasted)
  • 1½ teaspoons of chopped kencur (Kaempferia galanga)
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped)
  • ½ tablespoon tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar
  • 250 g grated coconut
  • 50 g carrot (peeled, cut in fingers with 2 cm lengths)
  • 50 g white cabbage (sliced)
  • 50 g cassava leaves
  • 50 g string beans (cut in 2 cm lengths)
  • 25 g bean sprouts
  • 25 g winged bean (sliced)

Urap sayuran (Javanese mixed vegetable salad with spiced grated coconut).

Preparation method:
  1. Refine shallot, garlic, chili, coriander, kencur, kaffir lime leaf, tamarind, salt and palm sugar until become paste.
  2. Mix the paste with grated coconut, and steam for 15 minutes. (Or toast it until aromatic if you'd prefer.) Remove and allow to cool.
  3. In boiling water, blanch the bean sprout for 1 minute. Drain and set aside. Boil the rest of the vegetable until tender, then drain and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, toss vegetable and spiced grated coconut altogether.
  5. Serve with mixed rice and fried yellow bean curd.
Yield 6 serves.

Served with mixed rice and fried yellow bean curd. Yum!

It is not necessarily carrot, nor string bean, nor bean sprout, nor cassava leaf, nor winged bean. You can substitute with spinach, water spinach, papaya bud, papaya leaf, kenikir leaf, or maybe add some lime basil leaf—or even stink bean if you like. Just experiment with your taste. It won't matter because the core of the dish is the spiced grated coconut. The scent of kencur is highly evocative.

Kencur, or loosely translated as lesser galangal, is widely used in Asian culinary. It has a peppery camphorous taste that it commonly used as spice in Indonesia, especially in Java and Bali, as well as in Malay, Thailand and China. It also has potential medicinal use for treating indigestion, colds, pectoral, abdominal pains, headache, toothache, rheumatism, and also a potent insecticides.

I have read in some articles that urap sayuran is perfect for diet or vegetarians. While it meets my need right now, I think this is an interesting topic to share in Weekend Herb Blogging event too. I'm going to sent submission to this week's host. So, bye bye for now. Take care, dear.

This post is also linked to Weekend Herb Blogging #277.
This week's WHB is hosted by Susan, The Well-Seasoned Cook. Read the full round up of superb recipes around the globe here.


  1. I get so hungry after exercising too! I wonder if it is worth it sometimes (although that's just lazy me talking, I know it's good for me). This looks great-I like cassava!

  2. The flavors in this recipe are so exciting. I can't imagine how great they taste. Would love to try it. Nice heavy-duty mortar and pestle, too.

    Thanks for your wonderful WHB recipe!

  3. This is an interesting blog you have here! I planned to visit Indonesia last year but did not. I've missed a lot. Came over through the WHB round-up.

  4. @Lorraine: Balanced exercise and appetite is somehow less sinful for fashion. I must get my ass back in the mat real soon ;)

    @Susan: Thanks for your wonderful round up. Oh, by the way, the mortar and pestle say hi :)

    @Sra: Thank you, Sra. Next time do come and visit, we'll welcome you with a lot of mouthwatering delicacies :)

  5. absolutely love urap.... thanks for the recipes.
    it's hard to make the coconut into small pieces.