Fern Tips or Asparagus in Coconut Gravy

Gulai Daun Pakis

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      40 min

Appears in
The Food of Indonesia: Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands

By Heinz Von Holzen

Published 2015

  • About

The young tips of several varieties of wild ferns are enjoyed in many parts of Indonesia. They are sold in wet markets throughout Southeast Asia and have an excellent flavor. Young asparagus or spinach make excellent substitutes.


  • 2 cups (500 ml) thin coconut milk
  • 1 lb (500


  1. Make the Spice Paste by grinding all the ingredients to a smooth paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little coconut milk if necessary to keep the mixture turning.
  2. Bring the Spice Paste and coconut milk to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 2 minutes. Add the fern tips or asparagus, salam leaves and tamarind juice,