Gado Gado | Indonesian Veggie Salad Recipe

Gado Gado | Indonesian Veggie Salad Recipe

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

1 onion, finely chopped

1 small piece galangal, peeled and grated

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp lime juice or tamarind paste

4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

¼ tsp chili powder

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 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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