Friday, September 18, 2015

Cempedak Recipes

Here’s a roundup of a handful of cempedak recipes. Unsurprisingly, few outside of Malaysia and perhaps Indonesia have sampled cempedak, and have therefore employed the fruit in culinary recipes. 

At present, cempedak recipes are mostly limited to baked goods: cakes, cupcakes, pancakes, etc. With a gooey texture, most cooks utilize the whipped fruit within batters or add the chopped raw fruit atop the final product. Occasionally, cempedak appears in savory or fried recipes. Such dishes feature the hard, avocado-pit-sized inner seed which, when boiled, has a flavor resembling water chestnut.

The recipes below will need to be veganized, but unsurprisingly, vegan cempedak recipes were remarkably scarce. 


Cempedak's strong flavor means it's best highlighted as a solo ingredient, or with another fruit possessing a similar gooey texture. 

Fruits: banana, plantain, jackfruit, durian, breadfruit, orange, mango, strawberry, pineapple, avocado, cacao, coconut, date, 

Vegetables: potato, carrot, elephant foot, yam, pumpkin, butternut squash, taro

Herbs, spices, and oils (savory):  black salt, pepper, orange juice, jaggery, chili powder, asafetida, onion (yellow and red), garlic, ginger, sesame oil, cashew, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, coconut milk, sugar, honey, agave, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg


Cempedak Ice Cream
Ingredients: cempedak, coconut milk,
sugar, salt

Cempedak Swiss Roll
Ingredients: cempedak, egg, sugar, oil, milk,
flour, honey

Cempedak Cheesecake
Ingredients: cempedak, cream cheese, eggs,
corn flour, milk, butter, sugar, water, sour cream

Cempedak Buttercake
Ingredients: cempedak, butter, sugar, flour,
baking powder, milk

Cempedak Cake
Ingredients: butter, sugar, flour, eggs, cempedak

Cempedak Cupcakes
Ingredients: cempedak, banana, butter,
eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, evaporated milk

Cempedak Pancake
Ingredients: cempedak, flour, sugar,
mayonnaise, milk, salt, eggs

Cempedak Fritters
Ingredients: cempedak, rice flour,
water, salt, oil

Cempedak Spring Rolls
Ingredients: spring roll wrap, cempedak pulp,
powdered sugar, cornstarch, oil
Image is from a patron of
Malaysia's Fat Spoon Cafe.


  1. Wow. What a wonderful post. Sure I will prepare this delicious items. By seeing your post image itself i feel this item is very yummy one. I would like to appreciate you for submitting this post here .

  2. Thanks for this great receipe of Cempedak .
    Going to try this today only .
    First let me order some fruits and vegetables online using BigBasket Coupons .