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Authentic Recipe of Bakwan Sayur. Crispy and Savory Indonesian Traditional Mixed Vegetable Fritters.

This authentic recipe of Bakwan Sayur is easy to cook, delicious, and most importantly, provides a 100% authentic Indonesian experience.

Things to know about Bakwan Sayur Recipe

This Indonesian fried delicacy is a street food commonly sold by hawkers all over Indonesia. The name of this dish is different based on where you found it, but generally, it is locally known as Bakwan Sayur. This dish is called Bala-Bala in West Java, which translates into “a group/stack of things.” In the Eastern part of Java, this dish is best known as Ote-ote.

This dish was first brought in by Chinese traders and originally used meat as its main ingredient. But being a third-world country, Indonesians struggle to find meat and thus resorted to using julienned vegetables as a replacement.

Nowadays, BakwanSayur is one of the most loved snacks by the Indonesian people. You do not want to miss out on the dish’s crunchy, savory, and overall delicious taste.

Crispy and Savory Indonesian Traditional Mixed Vegetable Fritters. Authentic Recipe of Bakwan Sayur.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Bakwan Sayur, Bala–Bala, Ote–Ote
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Main Cooking Method Fried, Fried (Deep)


Servings 6 Portions
Calories / Serving 138 kcal


  • 200 grams (7.05 oz) All Purpose Flour – Plain Flour
  • 100 grams (3.53 oz) Cabbage
  • 100 grams (3.53 oz) French Bean – Green String Bean – Snap Bean – Haricot Vert – Baguio Bean
  • 50 grams (1.76 oz) Bean Sprout
  • 1 pc Carrot Large
  • 1 pc Egg
  • 1 stick Scallion
  • 1 stick Celery
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Blended Spice

  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 5 pcs Shallot Onion
  • ½ tsp Ground White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Prepare the blended spices by adding the ingredients into a food processor and blending it to a smooth consistency.
  • Wash the cabbage, and cut it into fine shreds.
  • Thinly slice the string beans, carrot, scallion, and celery.
  • When all the vegetables are cut and prepared, add the all-purpose flour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the vegetables and the egg(s) to the bowl, and mix well using a spatula.
  • Slowly add water into the bowl until the desired consistency is reached, not too thin and not too thick either. The batter should be able to flow freely without breaking apart.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Into a large wok, pour enough oil to deep fry the bakwan and bring it to heat.
  • Scoop a spoonful of batter and drop it into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown on each side. Do not overcrowd.
  • Strain any excess oil and the dish is ready to be served!

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 194IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Bakwan Sayur Recipe, Bala–Bala Recipe, Indonesian Traditional Mixed Vegetable Fritters, Ote–Ote Recipe
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Cooking tip for making Bakwan Sayur

Please do not use your hand while mixing the batter. Use a spatula instead. Using a hand will cause the Bakwan to be tough and rubbery.

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What to serve with Bakwan Sayur?

This dish is best enjoyed as a snack and eaten with chili peppers for the heat.

Variations of Bakwan Sayur

You can use other types of vegetables in this dish, preferably the ones with a crunchy texture.

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