Sayur Lemak - Indonesian | Malaysian Vegetable Curry Recipe

Give this absolutely refreshing Malay Vegetable Curry that is packed with flavours from freshly ground curry paste, lemon grass, red chillies and basil leaves. Serve it along with hot steamed jasmine rice for a quick dinner.

Archana Doshi
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Sayur Lemak, or the Malaysian Vegetable Curry is a delicious combination of lemon grass along with turmeric and ginger simmered in coconut milk and steamed vegetables. I like to add a lot of green vegetables to this dish as it gives the burst of color, texture and flavors.

Serve the Malaysian Vegetable Curry along with hot steamed rice for dinner with family and friends. You can also include Cekodok/Jemput-Jemput Pisang Recipe (Vegan Fried Banana Balls) for dessert.

If you like this recipe, take a look at more Asian curry recipes

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  4. Roasted Eggplant in Peanut Curry Spiced with Schezwan Sauce

Cuisine: Malaysian
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

60 M


6 Servings


  • 1 Onion , peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic , peeled
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies , soaked in warm water
  • 3 Stalk Lemon Grass , chopped
  • Other Ingredients
  • 1 Carrot (Gajjar) , cut lengthwise
  • 1 Green zucchini , cut lengthwise
  • 1 Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , cut lengthwise
  • 1 cup Tofu , diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 6 Basil leaves , or kaffir lime leaves
  • 200 ml Coconut milk
  • 200 ml Water
  • 2 tablespoons Jaggery
  • Salt , to taste
  • Oil , as needed

How to make Sayur Lemak - Indonesian | Malaysian Vegetable Curry Recipe

  1. To begin making the Sayur Lemak- Malaysian Vegetable Curry Recipe, we will first make the Malaysian Curry Paste.

  2. To make the curry paste, combine all ingredients in a food grinder and blend to make a smooth paste. The paste will not be super fine, but coarse due to the fibres in the lemon grass. Add a little water if required.

  3. The next step is to the roast the vegetables for the Malaysian Curry.

  4. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a wok or a stir-fry pan; add the eggplants, zucchini and carrots sprinkle some salt and stir fry on low to medium heat until soft and cooked.

  5. Once cooked, stir in the turmeric powder, the curry paste, coconut milk, water, salt, jaggery and stir well to combine.

  6. Give the Sayur Lemak- Malaysian Vegetable Curry a good boil for about 2 to 3 minutes until the flavours seep in. Stir in the basil or the kaffir lime leaves. Give it a taste and adjust the salt accordingly. Once done, turn off the heat.

  7. Turn off the heat and serve the Sayur Lemak- Malaysian Vegetable Curry along with hot steamed jasmine rice. You can also include Cekodok/Jemput-Jemput Pisang Recipe (Vegan Fried Banana Balls) for dessert.