Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sayur Lodeh

Sayur Lodeh. Another Malaysian food pride (Ayam Masak Merah, Sambal Udang, Ayam Pedas Ikan, Belacan Fish Sambal & Sambal Udang Petai). Sayur Lodeh basically is our Malay coconut milk stew. Coconut milk? Of course, we can't really dispute we quite fancy coconut milk for our cooking. But this matter to coconut milk has been twisted so badly by some so called highly intellectual people who swear coconut milk is bad for health (Laksam Kelantan, Nasi Lemak & Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry). Oh really? You know what I think? I think these people just don't have nothing much to do or they have some sort of agenda up their sleeves due to their supposedly smartness in research. Beats me. Look, I have been using coconut milk for as long as I can remember for my cooking and I am still staying alive. Maybe, unless and until you go overboard. Trust me, everything in moderation does not hurt. Unless you beg to differ? Anyway, I am not in the mood to advise anyone which ingredient they should use or not, for me personally or maybe I should say that for our Malaysian cooking, coconut milk (Shrimp Coconut) does a whole lot of interesting creamy and tadbit of sweetness deliciousness (Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas). Henceforth, lemme move on now to Sayur Lodeh. As usual, I must say there's various types of recipes, mine on the other hand is a vegetarian version. Yes. Only vegetables. Wouldn't you agree its still mouthwatering and indisputable? Sure. Ingredients listed below and what else should I say? Sayur Lodeh is definitely our Malaysian food pride. Coconut milk, sweet potatoes, long beans and chillies in lemongrass scented coconut milk gravy or stew.

2 pieces of white tofu - slice
2 sweet potatoes - remove skin and cut into chunks
20 long beans - sliced to 1 inch length
1 lemongrass 
5 garlic 
4 shallots 
1-2 red chillies -remove seeds and sliced thinly
2 sprigs coriander leaves - shredded
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 tbsp of oil
Salt for taste
Roughly blend/pound lemongrass, garlic and shallots.
Heat oil and saute the blended ingredients for a minute or two.
Add potatoes and pour one cup of water.
Season with salt.
When potatoes are half cooked, add beans and continue to simmer till both are soft.
Then add tofu and coconut milk.
Stir all in and once heated through, remove from heat.
Lastly add coriander leaves and chillies.
Stir again and serve.


  1. Hi Nava very delicious vegetable stew. I love to use coconut milk so my vote is for you. Such a lovely dish. Thanks a lot for sharing. I am learning lot of new dishes from you.

  2. Hai Nava
    Thank you very much for removing the word verification.

  3. liked ur serving spoon.. i dont use coconut milk much in my recipes.. but love this curry with aappam..

  4. Wow comfort in the bowl. Delicious.

  5. Nice blend of veggies , beans and of course Tofu makes it a healthy stew . ..

  6. Nava ur the label says 78 soups thats like enough for two volumes of cookbooks.How do u make so many varieties,I am amazed!!

  7. Love sayur lodeh! Awesome with some ketupat, peanut sauce and sambal! Another awesome dish whereby I welcome the use of coconut milk.

  8. delicious stew..protein rich dish too...nice clicks

  9. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

  10. Hi Nava, the stew looks so delicious and colorful.. :-)

  11. This looks soooo soooo inviting!!! Lovely picture and lovely recipe :)

  12. Would love, LOVE to try this out. Your photos are so appealing, made my mouth water!

  13. This is such a simple, yet very rich looking recipe.
    Love the tofu floating around. Also the color, OMG can beat any other recipe down.
    I'm definitely trying this.
    Very fulfilling stew, indeed.

  14. Healthy stew . .. mm delicious

  15. Nice blend of veggies with coconut milk...would love to have it with idiyappam

  16. OMG ms.nava this one look's really yummy, my saliva is running out now hahaha.. i love the combination of the vege really inviting.. :)

  17. I don't think I heard of serai but this dish looks interesting to me.

  18. Healthy vegetable stew. Looks really colorful.
    Have you missed the coconut milk in the ingredients list dear?

  19. WOnderful stew,i am quite sure it will taste wonderful,look at the wonderful burst of color they are divine.Super click Nava.

  20. This looks so yummy Nava! Will have to try this version soon since it has so many of my favourite ingredients.. Loved this recipe :-)

  21. it looks wonderful..I've been trying out some Thai dishes & will sure try this out...great clicks too !

  22. This looks yum and I love tofu I will try it out.

  23. Sounds so yum...let me try this one day

  24. Reading this makes me hungry. I love vegetable stew with coconut milk. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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