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Gulai Nangka: Padang-style Young Jackfruit Curry

Gulai Nangka: Padang-style Young Jackfruit Curry (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegetables, Soups & Stews
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Gulai nangka, or young jackfruit gulai, is a vegan curry that is a signature dish in Padang cuisine. Here, young jackfruit is stewed in coconut milk and spices, with long beans and cabbage providing extra fibre.


  • 300 gr young jackfruit, cut into bite-sized pieces, washed thoroughly
  • 100 gr long beans, cut into 6 cm pieces
  • 100 gr cabbage, cut into small pieces
  • 4 big red chillies, chopped
  • 7 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 2 cm fresh ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cm fresh turmeric, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tsp whole coriander
  • 0.5 tsp white pepper powder
  • 4 cm fresh galangal, peeled, sliced
  • 1 lemongrass, bruised, knotted
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 0.5 tsp tamarind
  • 1.5 ltr water
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • Salt to taste

Gulai Nangka ingredients


  1. Using a blender or food processor, blend: the chillies, shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric and coriander.
  2. In a cooking pot, put the cut young jackfruit, blended spices, white pepper powder, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and salt.

    Mix the ingredients in a cooking pot

  3. Knead the tamarind with 2 tbsp of water to extract the juice, then add to the pot.
  4. Add the water and coconut milk, stir gently to mix all the ingredients.

    Stir gently

  5. Cook over medium flame until it boils, stir frequently.
  6. When it boils, reduce the heat to medium low and cook further for 1.5 hr or until the jackfruit is tender. Add hot water if necessary.
  7. Add the long beans and cabbage, and cook for another 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.


After a long day, a super satisfying meal would be steamed rice, gulai nangka, rendang and sambal ijo.

Keywords: Coconut, Vegan, One-pot meal, Healthy