Lemak Lodeh Sambal Tumis

Lemak Lodeh

Lemak Lodeh is perfect for family gathering, a dish popularly eaten on festive occasions like Hari Raya. This dish is essentially rice cakes (lontong) soaked in thick curried vegetable gravy.

This recipe was taken from the New Paper on Sunday 12th August 2012. Recipe shared by Hedy Khoo; family recipe by Madam Zubaidah Mahamood, 60, housewife.

Recipe for Sambal Tumis

Ingredients for Sambal Tumis:

  • 1/2 tbsp tamarind
  • 50ml water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50ml cooking oil
  • 100g dried chillies
  • 4 purple onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2.5cm thick piece of balacan


  1. Grind the chillies, onions, clove and belacan to get a chilli paste.
  2. Mix tamarind with water. Strain and reserve.
  3. Heat oil over low heat. Fry the chilli paste for about 20 minutes until fragrant or until the oil surfaces.
  4. Add the tamarind juice.
  5. Season with sugar and salt.

Recipe for Lemak Lodeh (Vegetable Curry)

For Vegetable Curry:

  • 100g cabbage, cut into 5cm by 5cm pieces
  • 6 stalks of long beans, cut into 5cm pieces
  • Half of jicama (bang kwang), sliced like french fries
  • 2 bunch of dried glass noodles
  • 500ml fresh coconut milk

Spice Paste for Vegetable Curry:

  • 3 purple onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g dried shrimp (or udang gragaw)
  • 2.5cm thick of turmeric
  • 2.5cm thick piece of balacan
  • 3 fresh red chillies (or 2 tbsp of dried chilli paste)


  1. Grind the spice paste.
  2. Heat over low heat. Fry spice paste until fragrant.
  3. Add the coconut milk, glass noodles and the vegetables.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

For Lontong, pls refer to this section. Or you can buy a packet of pre-packed uncooked rice such as “Adabi brand”. Follow packet instrutions.

  1. To serve, put the cut rice cake on a plate and pour the curried vegetable gravy over it. Serve with sambal tumis on the side.
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  1. Anonymous

    thank you for this lodeh recipe. going to try this dish. i realy love lontong lodeh. very tasty dish, good to go for breakfast.

  2. Christina

    I made this lodeh exactly as called for and the flavor was not quite what I was expected. It was fantastic!

  3. Amelia

    are you sure or not Christina..so nice meh?

  4. Singapore Local Favourites

    She was lucky 😉