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Gudeg - Indonesian Jackfruit Stew

The most famous jackfruit dish in Indonesia is gudeg. Originated from Central Java, gudeg - Indonesian jackfruit stew is a must have when you visit the city of Jogjakarta. If you can get a hold of canned young jackfruit in your Asian market, do give this recipe a try :)

What you need to prepare gudeg (Indonesian jackfruit stew).
What you need to prepare gudeg (Indonesian jackfruit stew).

Some must haves and some nice to haves

The basic of gudeg is of course young jackfruit meats and hard boiled eggs. It is also very common to add chicken pieces in a gudeg dish. Since we are going for a vegetarian friendly dish, I am using fried tofu cubes instead.

Gudeg - Indonesian Jackfruit Stew
Gudeg - Indonesian Jackfruit Stew

The long list of spices and herbs

Like most Indonesian dishes, you do need quite a bit of spices and herbs to make gudeg. Must haves include: palm sugar, coriander powder, candlenuts (or macadamia), galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, coconut milk, shallot (or onion), garlic, and salt. Traditionally, we also add daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves) daun jati (teak leaves), which can be difficult to procure outside Indonesia. Most people substitute the daun jati with teabags, shallot leaves, or simply omit this ingredient. As for daun salam, it is best to just omit if you cannot find any.

Gudeg - Indonesian Jackfruit Stew
Gudeg - Indonesian Jackfruit Stew

Gudeg - Indonesian Jackfruit Stew

4.8 from 5 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson





Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins

Serves: 6-8

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  • 6 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam), optional
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas), bruised
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 1 tea bag of black tea, optional
  • 75 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa) (*)
  • 1½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
  • 400 ml water, or just enough to submerge
  • 1 can (20 oz.) young jackfruit
  • 4-6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 block (14 oz.) firm tofu, cubed and deep fried
  • Spice paste (grind the following together)
  • 50 gram shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 candlenuts (~ 16-20 macadamia)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder


  1. Place everything into a soup pot, except hard boiled eggs and deep fried tofu. Stir, and also make sure that everything is submerged (you can add a bit more water if need be), and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, add hard boiled eggs and deep-fried tofu cubes, and simmer on the lowest heat setting possible until all liquid is fully absorbed by the jackfruit, eggs, and tofu. Stir every 30 minutes or so. This process should take about 3-4 hours.
  3. Turn off heat, adjust seasoning as needed, some people really like their gudeg to be on the sweet side. Remove all the leaves. Transfer to a serving plate and serve warm or at room temperature.


  • (*) If using Thai palm sugar, you may want to also add 3-4 tablespoon of Indonesian sweet soy sauce (kecap manis).


  • Katie Katie says:

    Such unique and fun flavors. Can't wait to try this one!

  • Vicky Vicky says:

    This will be an interesting dish to try. It involves many unique ingredients and flavors. Looking forward to checking it out!

  • Sally Sally says:

    I love trying different recipes from around the world! This looks like a fabulous choice for our next meatless Monday - thanks!

  • Sadia Malik Sadia Malik says:

    Does it have to be Indonesian Bay leaf?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Sadia, yes it has to be Indonesian bay leaf. If you don't have them, it is better to omit completely. Please don't sub with regular bay leaves as the flavor will be completely different.

  • Farah Abumaizar Farah Abumaizar says:

    This is so exotic looking and yummy! Making vegetarian food look good always!

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