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|Hot or room temperature|
|Coconut milk, vegetables (jackfruit, eggplant, chayote, melinjo, long beans, tofu, tempeh), chicken or beef stock|
|Cookbook:Sayur lodeh Sayur lodeh|
Common ingredients are young unripe jackfruit, eggplant, chayote, melinjo beans and leafs, long beans, green chili pepper, tofu and tempeh all cooked in coconut milk soups and sometimes enrichen with chicken or beef stock. The bumbu spice mixture includes ground chili pepper (optional, depends on desired degree of spiciness), shallot, garlic, candlenut, coriander, kencur powder, turmeric powder (optional), dried shrimp paste, salt and sugar. The greenish white sayur lodeh is made without turmeric, while the golden one does. Sometimes green stink beans are also mixed within sayur lodeh.
The ingredients of sayur lodeh are similar to sayur asem, with the main difference in its soup, sayur lodeh is coconut milk-based while sayur asem is tamarind-based. To add aroma and taste, sometimes authentic Javanese sayur lodeh recipe might add ground old tempeh. This old and almost rot tempeh is known as "yesterday's tempeh" or "rot tempeh" (Javanese: tempe bosok).
The origin of the dish can be traced to the Javanese people's tradition of Java. According to Javanese Kejawen beliefs, sayur lodeh is an essential part of slametan ceremony and it is believed as tolak bala, to ward-off any possible danger and disaster. The people and the Keraton (court) of Yogyakarta often communally cook sayur lodeh for slametan ceremony believed would deter disaster; such as wind storm, earthquake, volcanic eruption, drought and plague. It is well-known to belong to the Javanese cuisine and has spread throughout Indonesia and the region. Because of Javanese migration to neighboring countries, today sayur lodeh is also popular in Malaysia and Singapore.
Sayur lodeh could be served with steamed rice (separated or mixed in one plate), or with sliced lontong rice cake. Although sayur lodeh basically is a vegetarian dish, it is popularly consumed with ikan asin (salted fish), opor ayam, empal gepuk or beef serundeng. Sambal terasi is usually served separately.
- Sayur asem, similar ingredients, but tamarind-based soup
- Green curry, similar Thai dish
- Amok, similar Cambodian dish
- Urap, vegetables-coconut dish
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- Lalitha Kirsnan (May 24, 2013). "Sayur Lodeh". Kampung Singapura. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
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