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Gulai Nangka - Jackfruit Curry

Another Padang cuisine favorite is definitely gulai nangka (jackfruit curry). Whenever I order a nasi bungkus (Padang rice for takeout), I usually get gulai daun singkong (cassava leaves stew), gulai nangka (jackfruit curry), sambal cabe ijo (green chili relish), and a meat of my choice, this usually means ayam bakar (grilled chicken), ayam pop (fried chicken), or rendang sapi (beef rendang). So, a Padang cuisine enthusiast like me needs to know how to prepare her jackfruit curry, no? ♥

Gulai Nangka - Jackfruit Curry

Gulai Nangka - Jackfruit Curry

Gulai Nangka - Jackfruit Curry

4.8 from 5 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 600 gram young jackfruit (Indonesian: nangka muda), cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 1 star anise (Indonesian: pekak/bunga lawang)
  • 3 cardamom pods (Indonesian: kapulaga)
  • 2 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 6 cups thin coconut milk (Indonesian: santan)
  • 2 asam kandis (*)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 10 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 8 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 2 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 3 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • 1 inch turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit)


  1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté spice paste, star anise, cardamom pods, bay leaves, and kaffir lime leaves until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the jackfruit and toss until well combined and the jackfruit looks wilted.
  3. Pour coconut milk and add the asam kandis, season with salt and sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour until the jackfruit is really soft. Adjust salt and sugar as needed. Turn off heat and serve immediately.


  • (*) Asam kandis can be substituted with asam gelugor (same amount) or tamarind (about 10 gram).
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  • Kristen Kristen says:

    Anita, your blog is my dream come true! I am a Canadian living in Jakarta and am in love with the complex flavours of great Indonesian food (especially Pandang). Before your blog, I was only able to find either westernized versions of my favourite dishes with too many ingredient substitutions, or recipies that were not in English, making translating with my slooooooooow Bahasa Indonesia a chore! I love your recipes, photography, and that you include the proper Indonesian names for all ingredients. This will make my time at the market much easier. Well done, and thanks! kp

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Kristen.♥ I know the pain, my Mom used to give me her recipes and they are all in Indonesian (or, gasp, Chinese even), and hunting those downs in the States, hah, not easy. Thought I would spare people the hurts. :)

  • simplysedap simplysedap says:

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes with us. Gulai Nangka is one of my favourite food and I can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and am never tired of it. Do we have to preboil the young nangka before cooking it with the spice paste? My nangka turned out rather tough but the outer layer turned very dark. hope to do better next time. I love many many of your recipes. Much appreciate your effort.

    • Anita Anita says:

      If the jackfruit is not young enough, it tends to be tough. And the trick is like what you have suggested, just boil the jackfruit separately until soft first before proceeding with the rest of the recipe. :)

  • Chris Steggles Chris Steggles says:

    Hi Anita, Your blog is very good. I tried the nangka recipe & it was good. However not sure if I prepared the nangka correctly. I found the sticky sap a real problem to clean off all the knives & cutting board & my hands. How are you meant to prepare the nangka when you start with a whole unripe nangka just cut from the tree? Your guidance would be appreciated. Thanks Chris

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Chris, when preparing from a whole unripe nangka, usually the "meat" needs to be boiled for 30 minutes to 1 hour first to remove the stickiness, then washed and drained before using them in cooking. I am sorry I omitted this step in the instruction. To clean the sticky sap from hands, knife, and cutting board, coat them in cooking oil and rub until the sap dislodge. Then proceed cleaning with soap as usual. If you don't mind the oil, you can also pre coat your knife and cutting board with some oil first before cutting the fruit, and use a pair of disposable gloves while cutting the fruit, these steps will reduce the cleaning time a lot.

      • Ravi Ravi says:

        What I do is cut the baby jackfruit into half and leave it for a few minutes. The sap will mostly seep out of the fruit and the middle part. This can be easily cleaned off with kitchen paper towel. As for the knife all you need to do is heat the knife lightly over a lit stove and again use old newspaper or paper towel to wipe it clean. Wash the knife with soap. This is the easiest way I have found to clean the knife.

  • Anu Anu says:

    I love Jackfruit curry and I cant wait to try this.. I'll keep you posted.

  • UM UM says:

    Is it possible to use young Jackfruit in brine from a can? I cant find young jackfruit in the netherlands. Thank you!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi UM, certainly. Most of the times, I use canned young jackfruit too since it's also very difficult to get fresh young jackfruit in the US.

  • Farhan Farhan says:

    Hi Anita, Really grateful for your blog. Indonesian living through freezing australian winter (maybe not so cold if the yardstick is the US). I'm hosting a dinner for a group of friends. I hope to impress them with the recipe. Much appreciated.

  • Rufaizal Nottingham UK Rufaizal Nottingham UK says:

    I have not tried / tasted Indonesian Padang dish before. I have tried cooking this ‘gulai nangka muda’ based on your recipe it tastes good. I am not sure though if my cooking tastes as it should since I have never tried this meal before. May be next trip I should fly to Padang and try this dish there to be sure how it should taste.

  • Yumcha Mama Yumcha Mama says:

    Oh I love this dish! I am definitely going to try this recipe as I always choose it at nasi Padang. I live in Singapore but so far have not tried cooking Malay food but I really feel it's time to start being more adventurous. Thank you for what looks like a great recipe!

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