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Gandasturi Copycat Recipe

Gandasturi Recipe

Gandasturi, a mouth-watering delicacy from the heart of Indonesia, is a gem that beautifully encapsulates the rich and diverse culinary tradition of this Southeast Asian country. 
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 225kcal



  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Plenty of cold water
  • 150 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 4 pandan leaves
  • 600 grams of mung beans
  • 8 teaspoons creamed coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 200 grams of raw cane sugar
  • More water
  • 150 grams of rice flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  • Mix all-purpose flour, rice flour, salt, and oil in a bowl. Gradually add water and knead until a smooth dough forms. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Cook mung beans until soft, mash them. Combine creamed coconut, raw cane sugar, vanilla powder, and salt in a pan. Add mashed mung beans and cook until thickened.
  • Roll out the rested dough into thin sheets. Cut small circles using a round object.
  • Place mung bean mixture in the center of each dough circle.
  • Fold edges over the filling, creating a half-moon shape. Seal edges with a fork.
  • Option A – Steaming: Steam for about 20 minutes until fully cooked.
  • Option B – Frying: Fry for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Garnish with shredded coconut or sesame seeds. Serve hot or at room temperature.


  • For a gluten-free option, use only rice flour or substitute with gluten-free all-purpose flour.
  • If you can’t find pandan leaves, you can use pandan extract for the same aroma and flavor.
  • To make a healthier version of Gandasturi, try baking it instead of steaming or frying. Simply brush some oil on top of the dough before baking at 375°F for about 20 minutes.
  • To make the filling more creamy, you can add a little bit of coconut milk to the mixture while cooking.
  • For extra sweetness, you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of the Gandasturi before serving.
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