Jackfruit rendang

Jackfruit rendang
Foto and recipe by Ivtar

This delicious recipe was created by Dimple Sokartara, founder of the Ivtar organisation. Every year, Dimple organises Indonesian vegetarian Iftars – the fast-breaking evening meals eaten by Muslims during Ramadan. As the second meal of the day, the traditional Indonesian dish rendang is a wonderful choice for breaking fast at sunset! This 100% plant-based version uses young canned jackfruit as its base. Preserved in brine, the unripe jackfruit acquires a soft texture during cooking and is excellent at absorbing any flavours added to the stew.

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Servings: 2
  • 1 can
    young jackfruit, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 200 ml
    coconut milk
  • 1 stalk
    lemongrass, lightly crushed
  • 50 g
    coconut cream
  • 5 cm
    galangal root, peeled
  • 1 package
    rendang bumbu (pre-made spice mixture)

For the spice paste

  • 4 cm
    ginger, peeled
  • 2
    shallots, peeled
  • 3 cloves
    garlic, peeled


  1. Blend the ginger, shallots, and garlic cloves in a food processor until you've obtained a fine paste.

  2. Heat the oil in a large wok on medium heat until shimmering, then gently fry the spice paste for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, crushed lemongrass, and galangal. Bring to a boil, then simmer gently for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the jackfruit, let it simmer for 5 minutes, then add the rendang bumbu (the pre-made spice mixture) and stir well. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the jackfruit has soaked up all the flavours. Remove the galangal and lemongrass, then serve with pandan rice.


Galangal root is similar to ginger, and can also be easily peeled using the back of a spoon.

About the author


Courses: Main Course
Cuisines: Indonesian
Keywords: jackfruit, rendang, rice
Difficulty: Level 1 (easy)
Cooking time: 15-30 minutes
Season: Autumn, Winter
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Savoury, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: Stew

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