Gulai Daun Singkong – Cassava Leaves Stew

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Whenever I visit a Padang restaurant, it is almost a certainty that I will grab this among the many plates to choose from. If you have trouble finding cassava leaves, you can actually substitute with equal amount of spinach, but the cooking time has to be reduced significantly to 5 minutes in step 3 instead of 15 minutes. ♥

Gulai Daun Singkong - Cassava Leaves Stew
Gulai Daun Singkong – Cassava Leaves Stew

Gulai Daun Singkong - Cassava Leaves Stew
Cuisine: Indonesian
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Serves: 4
  • 2 bunch of cassava leaves (about 250 gram), washed and drained
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 5 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 1 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), chopped into 4 pieces
  • 750 ml water
  • 250 ml thick coconut milk
Grind the following into spice paste
  • 5 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 8 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 2 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 3 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 2 fresh turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit), each about 1 inch length
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 1 inch fresh galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Heat cooking oil in a deep skillet (or a pot) and fry the spice paste until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add bay leaves and lemongrass and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Toss in the cassava leaves and pour water into the skillet. Cook until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add coconut milk, mix well, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Adjust salt and sugar as needed.
  5. (Optional) With a scissor, cut the cassava leaves into smaller pieces so they are easier to scoop with a spoon when consumed.
  6. Turn off heat and serve hot or at room temperature with steamed white rice.



  1. Mark Burke says

    Hi Anita,

    First: I really love your website! It is the best source for Indonesian cooking I’ve found on the internet, and the photos are all very beautiful!

    I had a question about this recipe in particular. If candlenuts are not available, what is a good substitute?

    Thanks for such a lovely site!

    • says

      Hi Mark, thank you for your kind words :) The best substitute for candlenut is macadamia nut, which is much easier to find outside of Indonesia.

  2. Yudhi says

    Tapi saya tidak bisa mendapatkan daun singkong disini. Jadi saya ganti pakai KALE dan pakai ikan teri nasi. Saya senang dan suka dng resep-resep yng anda posting. Karena saya besar di Jakarta. Thanks for great and delicious recipe.

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