Labu lodeh (vegetables in spiced coconut sauce)

Labu lodeh (vegetables in spiced coconut sauce)
  • 0:15 Prep
  • 0:25 Cook
  • 8 Servings
  • Capable cooks

A traditional Malaysian side dish perfect for a banquet for foodie friends.

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Noodle recipes, Tofu recipes


  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (white part only), chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 150g firm tofu, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 270ml can coconut milk
  • 400g butternut pumpkin, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 100g dried bean thread noodles
  • 200g green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus extra to serve


  • food processor


  • Step 1
    Process onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric and fish sauce in a food processor until mixture forms a paste.
  • Step 2
    Heat 1/2 the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Cook tofu, in batches, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  • Step 3
    Heat remaining oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add spice paste. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add coconut milk and 1/2 cup water. Bring to the boil. Add pumpkin. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until pumpkin is just tender.
  • Step 4
    Meanwhile, prepare noodles following packet directions. Drain.
  • Step 5
    Add beans to pumpkin mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until beans are tender. Add tofu, noodles and chopped coriander. Season with pepper. Toss to combine. Serve with extra coriander leaves.


  • 804 kj


  • 10.4g

    Fat Total

  • 5.6g

    Saturated Fat

  • 2.7g


  • 4.5g


  • 381mg


  • 20.4g

    Carbs (total)

All nutrition values are per serve
  • Author: Cathie Lonnie
  • Image credit: Guy Bailey
  • Publication: Super Food Ideas



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