Biji Salak

biji salak

Biji Salak or known as Indonesian sweet potato dumplings with palm sugar and coconut milk sauce is traditional dessert that normally serve during Ramadan for breaking the fast. It’s gluten free and vegan. I steamed the sweet potatoes for this recipe (peeled, cut into cubes, steamed and mashed it), you can also roast it first and mashed it.


sweet potato dumplings

Biji Salak (Indonesian sweet potato dumplings with coconut sauce)


  • for the sweet potato balls:
  • 500g mashed sweet potatoes
  • 150g tapioca starch/flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
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  • 1liter water
  • 3 pandan leaves, knotted
  • 150g coconut sugar or palm sugar
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  • 40g tapioca starch/flour + 3 Tablespoon of water
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  • for the coconut sauce:
  • 400g coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pandan leaf, knotted


  1. Mix mashed sweet potato with tapioca flour and salt. Knead until combined and form into small balls.
  2. In a pot, combine water, palm sugar and pandan leaves. Bring to a boil. Place the balls and continue to boil until all balls float. Add tapioca water mixture. Stir well. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a saucepan, combine coconut milk with salt and pandan leaf. Simmer with low heat and stir for few minutes. Remove from heat. Ready to use as sauce.

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