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Urap - Salad with Grated Coconut Dressing

Coconut is ever present in Indonesian cuisine, ranging from coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, to coconut flesh. Almost nothing is wasted, we even have dishes made from the leftover grated flesh from which coconut milk is pressed! The two most common dishes that I can think of made with this leftover grated coconut flesh are serundeng and urap. Serundeng is grated coconut dry toasted with palm sugar and other spices and used as rice toppings, think Indonesian furikake, good stuff to be sure and I may do a serundeng recipe in the near future, but I want to first do an urap recipe first :)

Urap - Salad with Grated Coconut Dressing
Urap - Salad with Grated Coconut Dressing

Urap is simply blanched vegetables served with grated coconut dressing. Sounds rather boring when I put it like that, but I swear the dressing makes even the blandest vegetable tastes heavenly, good thing to have when trying to coach little kids to eat their vegetables. ;) If freshly grated coconut flesh is not available, dessicated grated coconut is a really good substitute. I have tried using it in the past when I lived in the States and it works wonderfully, so go ahead and use that. ♥

Urap - Salad with Grated Coconut Dressing
Urap - Salad with Grated Coconut Dressing
Challenge #5 YKMK 2014: Coconut
Challenge #5 YKMK 2014: Coconut

As this recipe is totally highlighting the use of coconut, I am submitting this to the event Challenge #5 YKMK 2014: Coconut. ♥

Urap - Salad with Grated Coconut Dressing

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 250 gram grated coconut
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 8 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 1 inch kaempferia galanga (Indonesian: kencur) (*)
  • 50 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • Suggested blanched vegetables
  • cabbage (Indonesian: kol)
  • spinach (Indonesian: bayam)
  • morning glory/water spinach (Indonesian: kangkung)
  • cassava leaves (Indonesian: daun singkong)
  • green beans (Indonesian: buncis)
  • snake beans (Indonesian: kacang panjang)
  • bean sprouts (Indonesian: tauge)


  1. Prepare a steamer.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together grated coconut with the spice paste until well combined. Steam the grated coconut mixture for 25 minutes.
  3. To assemble the salad, toss together blanched vegetables of your choice with some of the grated coconut dressing until the vegetables are fully coated. Transfer this to a serving plate and top with some more of the coconut dressing. Serve at room temperature.


  • (*) Ginger can be used if not available.
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  • Agnes Agnes says:

    Hi, I made this last night and it tastes really nice, but just wondering RE amount of coconut.. I don't have grated coconut, so I used dessiccated coconut... 250g would've been a small mountain so I only used 150g, and it looks like it's enough for 2 servings and already very coconut-y. I'm guessing grated coconut has more moisture content and is therefore heavier? Do you or does anyone know the weight/volume proportion of dessiccated vs grated coconut?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Agnes, I don't have an answer based on experience, but searching through the internet, it seems the consensus is dessicated:fresh is about 1:1.5. I would say 150 gram of dessicated coconut sounds just right :)

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