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Enough of the haphazard toss of raw, uncooked crunchy greens tossed in a bottled and store-bought dressing? Switch things up with our gado gado recipe, also known as lontek, from one of the most popular dishes in Indonesian cuisine. Unlike most salads, gado gado features freshly cooked vegetables drizzled with homemade peanut dressing. It won’t take long for you to love it with additions of tempeh, egg and even fried tofu!


  • 2 corn cobs (800 g), husk and silk removed
  • ½ small green cabbage (600 g), cut into wedges
  • 2 small orange sweet potato (500 g), sliced thickly
  • 1 large zucchini (150 g), sliced thickly
  • 1 medium red capsicum (bell pepper) (200 g), sliced thickly
  • 200 g sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 cup (80 g) bean sprouts
  • 2 fresh long red chillies, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • ¼ cup (20 g) shredded coconut, toasted
  • ¼ cup (35 g) coarsely chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsps white sesame seeds, toasted
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh coriander (cilantro) sprigs


  • 1 cup (280 g) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (250 ml) canned coconut milk
  • 1 fresh kaffir lime leaf, shredded
  • 2 tsps sesame oil
  • 2 tbsps tamari
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) lime juice

Line two large steamer baskets with baking paper; pierce holes in paper.


Place one steamer over a wok of simmering water. Cut corn into quarters. Place corn, cabbage and sweet potato in basket; cover with lid, steam for 5 mins. Remove lid, add zucchini and capsicum to second steamer; place on top of steamer in wok. Cover top steamer with lid, steam for 5 mins or until vegetables are almost tender. Add peas to top steamer; cover, steam for 2 mins or until vegetables are just tender.


Meanwhile, make peanut sauce: whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl until combined; season to taste.


Spread peanut sauce on a platter, top with steamed vegetable, then sprinkle with sprouts, chilli, coconut, peanuts, seeds and coriander.

TIP You can use your favourite vegetables in this versatile Indonesian salad – steamed green beans, potato and broccoli and raw vegetables, such as cucumber and tomatoes. Add tofu or tempeh for a more substantial meal.

Photo: bauersyndication.com.au

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