Bakwan Sayur Recipe: Indonesian Crispy Vegetable Fritters

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Bakwan Sayur is moreish vegetable fritters you want for your next snack time. It’s crunchy on the outside but fluffy and savoury on the inside.

Bakwan Sayur the Indonesian vegetable fritters on a round plate.

What is Bakwan Sayur?

This crunchy Bakwan Sayur is one savory you would want for your afternoon snack. Though they are deep-fried, having loads of vegetables in them will make you feel less guilty about enjoying them.

Bakwan Sayur means vegetable fritters. It is one of the most popular snacks you find in Indonesian cuisine.

It is made with different vegetables mixed in a spiced batter and deep-fried. 

Vegetable fritters on a round plate with spring onion and carrot in the background.

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The crunchiness on the outside pairs well with the softness and fluffiness on the inside. It makes you want to savor them more and more. 

Not only is it favored as a home food item, but it is also one of the sought-after street foods. 

One can easily find a seller of bakwan sayur among the street food sellers. Simply because these vegetable fritters are more filling. They make a good snack in between meals. 

Although they are often made as a side dish among the home food spread as well.

With simple ingredients that many households will almost always have, these fritters easily become a choice when you want a naughty treat of deep-fried food. 

Yes, I’d say it’s naughty to have them as they are deep-fried. Therefore, go easy on making them. Don’t do it too often. 

What do you need to make it?

You need about 12 items to make Bakwan Sayur. Although it may sound a lot, I promise they are simple items you may already have in your fridge and pantry. 

So here are the ingredients you need:

  1. Cabbage.
  2. Carrots.
  3. Beansprouts.
  4. Spring onions/ scallions.
  5. Plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  6. Rice flour.
  7. Shallot.
  8. Garlic.
  9. Ground pepper.
  10. Salt.
  11. Stock powder.
  12. Oil.

Of all these items, you can omit the stock powder if you want to. Just make sure you add more salt a little bit. Or season your fritters according to your taste. 

The equipment needed

  • Mixing bowl.
  • Spatula.
  • Tablespoon.
  • Large wok.
ingredients for making bakwan sayur.

How to make Indonesian vegetable fritters?

Firstly, you want to prepare your vegetables. 

Peel the carrot and cut it into julienned sticks. Slice the cabbage and spring onions/ scallions. Wash and rinse the beansprouts. 

Next, peel shallot and garlic, then pound them into a smooth paste. You can do so by using a pestle and mortar. Or, use a chopper like the one I love here (when I got it, I wondered why I didn’t buy it sooner. It saves me so much time and hassles in making spice-paste).

photo collage of how to make bakwan sayur.

Then you make the batter. Mix plain flour, rice flour, salt, ground pepper, and stock powder (if you use it). Add the shallot-garlic paste to the flour mix. Add the water little by little as you stir and mix the flour.

You will get a thick batter in which you add your sliced cabbage, carrot, spring onions, and beansprouts. Mix well. 

At the same time, heat cooking oil in a wok/ frying pan at medium-high heat. When you drop a tiny batter, and it fries steadily quickly, but not too fast, it means your oil is ready.

Using a tablespoon, take your vegetable fritter mixture and carefully slide it into the hot oil. Do so until the oil is filled nicely with batter. Flatten the fritters slightly with the back of the spoon so they are not too thick. 

Cook the fritters until the top looks translucent and the bottom dark golden. Turn them, and continue cooking until all looks crispy and golden. 

Top tips for crispy Bakwan Sayur

  1. Try to cut and slice all your vegetables in the same size at the best possible. 
  2. Mix the vegetables and flour mixture until every piece of vegetable is coated with flour mix.
  3. Make sure the oil is hot enough to fry but too hot. Cook the fritters at a consistent medium-high heat with plenty of oil covering them. 

What do you enjoy your fritters with?

As a snack, you will only need a good cup of your favorite tea or coffee to enjoy your Bakwan Sayur. I would eat my fritters and fresh fruit juice or smoothies on hot summer days.  

If you have your vegetable fritters as a side dish, they go along well with almost every Indonesian main dish. 

However, my favorite combos are Sweet Soy Chicken, Beef Rendang, Ayam Rica Rica, or Ayam Penyet

Indonesian vegetable fritters on a plate.

How to store your Bakwan Sayur?

Personally, I prefer having the fritters freshly made. As they are crispier and tastier.

However, if you have leftovers and you want to keep them, the fritters keep well in the fridge/ refrigerator for a few days.

You may want to reheat them in the oven for about 10 minutes before serving. This way, you can regain their crunchiness. But if you are not bothered, you can pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds before you enjoy them again.

The fritters freeze well, too. Again, pop them in the oven at gas 4/ 180℃/ 356℉ for about 20-25 minutes.

As always, once the frozen food is thawed, you must not refreeze. And consume them within a few days. 

Other Indonesian fritters recipes

Try these Bakwan Jagung: Indonesian corn fritters, Perkedel Tempe: Indonesian tempeh fritters, or Perkedel Kacang Hijau: mung bean fritters if you need more ideas for Indonesian fritters recipes.

Thank you for checking out this Bakwan Sayur recipe. I hope you like it and will try making it. Please give feedback in the comments below (leave a reply box). I appreciate it.

Lastly, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest. To sneak a peek at what’s cooking in my kitchen. 

Take care and all the best.

Bakwan Sayur the Indonesian vegetable fritters on a round plate.
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Bakwan Sayur – Indonesian Vegetable Fritters

Bakwan Sayur is moreish vegetable fritters you want for your next snack time. It's crunchy on the outside but fluffy and savoury on the inside.
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Snacks & Starters
Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 14

Equipment

  • Pestle and mortar or
  • Chopper or
  • Food processor
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Mixing bowls.
  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized carrot about one medium-sized, cut in julienne.
  • 1 cup beansprouts.
  • 1 cup white cabbage sliced.
  • 2 scallions/ green onions/ spring onions sliced.
  • 1 shallot.
  • 1 garlic.
  • 10 tablespoons plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour.
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander.
  • ½ teaspoon salt see the note.
  • ½ teaspoon stock powder optional.
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper.
  • 10 tablespoons water.
  • Oil for deep-fry.

Video

Instructions

  • Peel the shallot and garlic, then pound them into a paste. You can use a pestle and mortar, or use a chopper/ food processor.
  • In a bowl, place the plain flour, rice flour, ground coriander, ground pepper, salt and stock powder (if using). Stir well.
  • Add the shallot-garlic paste into the flour mixture and mix well as you pour the water little by little. 
  • Put the sliced cabbage, julienned carrot, beansprouts and sliced spring onions/ scallions into the batter. Quickly stir until all is mixed.
  • Heat the oil in a wok/ deep pan. Test it by frying a little batter in the oil. When it dries quickly but not too rapidly, the oil is ready.
  • Spoon the vegetable fritter batter and carefully slide it onto the hot oil. Repeat until the oil is full and cook at medium heat until the top look slightly translucent. Use a slotted spoon to turn the fritters. 
  • Cook your Bakwan Sayur until it looks golden and crispy on the edges. 
  • Take the fritters out of the oil. Let them rest on kitchen paper to absorb the oil for a while before serving. So they will not be too greasy.
  • Enjoy your vegetable fritters with fresh chillies or your favourite chilli sauce.

Notes

  • Try to pound the shallot and garlic until it is as smooth as possible. 
  • If you do not use stock powder, you would want to add about ¾ – 1 tsp of salt instead. Because stock powder contains salt, you want to increase or decrease your salt accordingly. 
  • You can use ground black pepper if you prefer or if that is what you have.
  • When you fry your Bakwan Sayur, flatten the batter a little as you slide it onto the hot oil. The thicker your batter is, the longer it takes for you to cook, and the less crunchy it will be. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

Disclaimer

Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

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12 Comments

  1. We looooove chowing down on these bakwan sayur! If you wanna try a delicious snack, you’ve got to make these! Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you – these are easier to make than you think!

    1. The ingredient list may be long but it has the common staple stored in your kitchen, right? I’m glad you like it. Thank you.

  2. These are sooooo good! I love how crispy they got but I’ll need to make more next time because they didn’t even make it to the table. We gobbled them up right out of the pan!

    1. I’m glad you love this bakwan sayur. Snacks like this are moreish. You will always feel like trying them until you actually finish them all. I know the feeling :-).

  3. These were so yummy! My family gobbled up these delicious fritters. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you. These fritters can be addictive. That’s why we don’t make it very often 😀

  4. Alex Bala says:

    I love the crunch on these fritters! They are a perfect addition as a side dish to my weeknight protein! And we even made them for breakfast one day!

    1. The fritters are simply good for any time of the day. Not that I recommend having them for breakfast too often though. Because they are deep-fried, so we still have to be careful not to eat fried stuff too much. Don’t you think?

    2. My pleasure. I do call having this cake an indulgence as well. Especially when I feel like having a sweet treat ;-).

  5. Mandy Applegate says:

    These bakwan sayur fritters were delicious! The only problem was that they didn’t last long, they were eaten in minutes – will make a double batch next time!

    1. I’m glad you love the fritters. I agree that you can’t stop eating the fritters once you start. They’re too tasty.

  6. 5 stars
    I made your vegetable fritters recipe on my Blackstone Griddle and they turned out amazing!!

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