Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad that is made with slightly boiled or steamed vegetables and served with a peanut sauce dressing. It is also known as lotek.

The Peanut sauce on this traditional Indonesian vegetable dish owes its flavor to galangal, an aromatic rhizome that resembles ginger.


SERVES                               4



Gado Gado | Indonesian Veggie Salad Recipe

250 g white cabbage, shredded

4 carrots cut into matchsticks

4 celery sticks, cut into matchsticks

250 g bean sprouts

½ cucumber, cut like matchsticks

Salted peanuts, fried onion, and wedged fresh chili, to garnish


For the Peanuts Sauce

1 tbsp oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

One onion, finely chopped

1 small piece galangal, peeled and grated

1 tsp ground cumin

¼ tsp chili powder

1 tsp lime juice or tamarind paste

4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 tsp brown sugar


Preparation Method:

Gado Gado | Indonesian Veggie Salad Recipe

Steam the carrot, cabbage, and celery for about 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Leave to cool. Spread out the bean sprouts on a large serving plate. Arrange the cabbage, carrot, celery, and cucumber on top.

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan, add garlic and finely chopped onion and cook gently for 5-6 minutes until soft.

Mix in the spices and cook for 1 minute more. Add the lime juice or tamarind paste, peanut butter, and sugar. Mix well.

Heat the sauce gently, stirring occasionally and adding a little hot water if necessary to make the sauce runny enough to coat the vegetables when poured.

Spoon a little of the sauce over the vegetables and mix together lightly. Garnish with fried onions, peanuts, and sliced chili. Serve the rest of the sauce in a bowl separately.

Enjoy with Gado Gado, an Indonesian veggie salad dish


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