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Vegan Lempers

Vegan lempers, can you do that at all? Yeah! And they're great, too. Despite the fact that I've never been to Indonesia (yeah really, I'm not kidding) I know that lempers exist. And man oh man, what a pleasure are lempers!
Did you know that you actually pronounce lempers as lumpers? This is a delicious Indonesian snack usually with chicken or minced meat. But that's not necessary at all and you can make it vegan too! At the end of the day, it's all about the structure but above all about the herbs you add. So if you want to put an original snack on the table on these rolls of rice, everyone will be crazy!
Voorbereidingstijd30 min
Bereidingstijd30 min
Totale tijd1 uur
Gang: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keuken: Indonesian
Trefwoord: bali vegan, hoe maak je lempers?, how do you make lempers, indonesian snack, vegan lemper, vegan snack
Porties: 20 pieces



  • 1 kg


    sticky rice, for sale at toko

  • 1 litre water
  • 1 snapped sprit sereh lemongrass
  • half block of santen coconut block
  • pinch of salt

Filling of the vegan lempers

  • 500 gr vegan minced meat
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 crushed kemiri nuts
  • 2 crumbled lettuces leaves / salam leaves indonesian laurel
  • 1 tsp laos
  • 1 tsp dijnten cumin seed power
  • 2 tsp corianderseed powder
  • 1 snapped sprit sereh lemongrass
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp tumeric (curcuma)
  • half block of santen coconut block


  • Wash the ketan and bring it to the boil with water, salt, sereh and santen.
  • Stir well until the water is absorbed.
  • Put the ketan in a steam cooker and steam for another 30 minutes.
  • Grate the onion and fry it in some oil.
  • Add the vegan minced meat.
  • Add all the tree nuts (herbs): kemiri nuts, salambals, laos, cumin, sereh, coriander, garlic powder, salt, sugar and turmeric.
  • Stir the mixture well and let it cook.
  • Cut or break the half block of santer into pieces and add. Melt all the pieces and stir well.
  • Cut a piece of cling film and place it on the counter (about 20x25cm).
  • Place a spoonful of ketan in the middle and press it flat to a rectangular shape (can be done with a piece of damp aluminium foil or with a damp spoon).
  • Place a scoop of the stuffing in the middle lengthwise.
  • First roll one half of the ketan over the filling, then the other side and close the lemper.
  • Close the ends by squeezing the ketan a little inside.
  • Grab the ends and roll the lemper like a toffee until it is a nice roll (you can't see the filling anymore).


Difficulty rolling? There are some handy instruction videos on YouTube.
Selamat makan!