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Bakwan Sayur: Deep Fried Vegetable Fritters

Bakwan Sayur: Deep Fried Vegetable Fritters

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Bakwan sayur are deep-fried vegetable fritters common throughout Indonesia, and often sold as a streetside snack. It’s a quick and easy treat that’s addictive but gloriously unhealthy. 


  • 200 gr all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour (or rice flour)
  • 100 gr white cabbage, thinly shredded
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, julienned
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 0.5 tsp white pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp mushroom stock powder (optional)
  • 150 ml water
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


  1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic into a fine paste. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, salt, white pepper powder, mushroom stock, egg, garlic paste and water into a smooth batter. 

    Make the batter

  3. Add the shredded cabbage, carrot, spring onion and celery stalk. Mix evenly.

    Add the vegetables

  4. In a wok, heat enough oil for deep frying over medium high heat.
  5. Scoop one tablespoon of the batter, and fry it until golden brown (around 3 minutes each side).

    Fry until golden brown

  6. Serve bakwan with fresh chilli or chilli sauce. 

    Serve bakwan with fresh chilli or chilli sauce


  • A little tapioca flour will help the dish become crispy on the outside. If unavailable, tapioca flour can be substituted with the same amount of rice flour.
  • The batter can also be prepared a few hours in advance. But the vegetables you’re using have high water content — add them just before frying.

Keywords: Common ingredients, Quick and easy, non-spicy