Kolak – Vegan Indonesian Dessert Soup

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Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Chef Mireille

Kolak – Vegan Dessert Soup

Indonesian Dessert Soup is a popular Vegan dessert in Indonesia utilizing vegetables, often served during Ramadan as part of the Iftar meal.

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Many Asian countries have vegetable based dessert soups, using pumpkin, plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava and may often also include fruits like banana or jackfruit. Kolak – Vegan Indonesian Dessert Soup is one example of this delicious concept.

This is my version of kolak using only pumpkin, plantains and sweet potato, however cassava and jackfruit are also often used in kolak. When banana is added, it is called Kolak Pisang. Before we get to today’s delicious recipe, let’s check out some of the other veggie based desserts I’ve already posted!

Veggie Based Desserts

Kolak – Vegan Indonesian Dessert Soup can be served warm or chilled. It is a popular dessert served during the Iftar meal during Ramadan, where it is traditionally served either room temperature or chilled.

What is Pandan?

Also known as the vanilla extract of Southeast Asia, pandan leaves come from the leaves of the Screwpine tree. This is the basic flavoring agent used in desserts of the region. This is what gives many of their desserts their characteristic green hue.

Pandan can be utilized in many different form in the desserts of Southeast Asia.

  • the whole leaves are often added to infuse a subtle flavor
  • the leaves can be blended with water and then strained to produce a pandan extract
  • store bought pandan extract
  • store bought pandan paste

Recipe FAQ

Why does it look thin?

When the soup is first cooked, it will appear a bit watery. Once it chills, it will thicken.

What other fruits or vegetables can I use?

Cassava, jackfruit, banana.

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What a delicious bowl!

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If you’ve been inspired by this delicious recipe, check out some other Indonesian recipes!

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Kolak – Indonesian Dessert Soup

Kolak is a Vegan dessert made of root vegetables cooked in coconut milk and flavored with pandan.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 241kcal


  • 1/2 cup sago/ tapioca pearls
  • 3 pandan leaves
  • 1/2 cup palm sugar
  • 1 lb. ripe plantain
  • 1 lb. pumpkin calabaza or kabocha
  • 1 lb. sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk


  • Soak sago in water for 20 minutes. Drain.
  • In a large pot combine 6 cups water with pandan leaves and sugar. Bring to a boil.
  • Add plantain and pumpkin and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pandan leaves. Add sweet potato, sago and coconut milk.
  • Simmer for another 15 minutes.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 13510IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. This is a very interesting dessert soup . At first glance I thought mango is dunked in , looks gorgeous and come to think of it , it is so nutritious .
    Amazing pick !

  2. That’s a fantastic remake of a sweet dish, the ingredients seem too good to combine..as you know in Indian cuisine, we make anything as a halwa, making it as a liquid sweet is a new thing for me..very interesting!

  3. Wow Mir, dessert soup looks delicious, more kind of our kheer, but with whole veggies, i m sure this must be tasting good.
    BTW, I happened to taste Dodol in Malaysia, but couldn’t get that puteri ayu mould !enjoyed tasting the local vegetarian cuisine!

  4. Hmm dessert soup.. Thats so unique and as others pointed out its like our payasam. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love pumpkin payasam and am very much interested to try this as well.. This makes me realize again how much world cuisine is connected.

  5. 5 stars
    Dessert soup- I love the idea of this lighter dessert for this weather. This sounds so refreshing and love that you gave us customization options!

  6. 5 stars
    What a delicious dessert soup! I love the concept of adding vegetables to a dessert, it was a new concept for me, and I appreciate being introduced to this!

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