Let’s Get Cooking – Bali: “Dadar Gulung” – Balinese crepe filled with coconut and palm sugar




Warung Boga Sari – dessert menu – rr photo

My Brazilian friend Rosita has requested I post Balinese recipes – especially ones for desserts.  And so, I have been doing research. 🙂

Here is one tasty – not too sweet – dessert that I think she – and you – will like.

Dadar Gulung



  • 2 cups fresh-grated coconut
  • 10 Tbs. grated Java dark brown sugar (or better for you, *palm sugar)
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • ¼ tsp. salt

*”Palm sugar is a nutrient-rich, low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that looks, tastes, dissolves and melts almost exactly like sugar, but it’s completely natural and unrefined. It’s acquired from the flowers growing high on coconut trees, which are opened to collect their liquid flower nectar. This nectar is then air-dried to form a crystalline sugar that’s naturally brown in color and naturally rich in a number of key vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including potassium, zinc, iron, and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.” from – Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor.  Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/028996_palm_sugar_natural_sweetener.html#ixzz4LoXhRcoU



Mix the grated coconut, grated Java dark brown sugar and granulated sugar, cinnamon and ½ tsp.salt together.

Fry the mixture in a dry pan over medium/low heat, constantly stirred for approximately 5 minutes, or until the mixture is dry.

Remove the cinnamon stick, and set it aside.



  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1¾ cups coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • Vegetable oil



Mix the rice flour, cornstarch, coconut milk, ½ tsp. salt, green food coloring and egg into a smooth batter.

Lightly oil an 8-inch frying pan, and pour 3 tablespoon of the batter into the pan. Make sure the pan is equally covered with the batter so it becomes a thin layer pancake [crepe]. Fry for one minute, turn the pancake over and fry for another minute. Remove and set aside.

Place 2 Tbs. of the coconut mixture on the near edge of the pancake. Fold over once, then tuck in the left and the right sides and fold over once more. Press gently to distribute the filling evenly.

Serve at room temperature. Makes 10-12 servings.

Recipe from: http://www.asian-recipe.com/indonesia/indonesian-desserts.html#dadar


At Warung Boga Sari, the crepe are served with fresh fruit -rr photo

They are simple to make – and very tasty.

Enjoy, “Salamat malan,” Renée

P.S. Let me know what you think.



About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

3 responses to “Let’s Get Cooking – Bali: “Dadar Gulung” – Balinese crepe filled with coconut and palm sugar”

  1. Rosita says :

    Thank yuh so much! Love y’all! I’m gonna save this recipe & do this for my friends, when they come visit me someday 😋 This seems to be as delicious as coconut & banana are – my 2 fav fruits, apart from pineapple & mangosteens ❤️ BTW, I had dengue last week – again! – and I spent those days in home, researching things on web, but I didn’t found no one trustful info on how is rabies situation in Bali right now 😦 Try making a post about all about rabies there, NOT just Bali dogs! And, plz, do a post to 3xplain how is Balinese attitude toward animals in general after rabies rampant on the blessed isle. More one time, thanks for dessert recipe. Try making it someday!
    Wish y’all the best,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: I’m sorry you got sick again. 😦 I’ll see what I can find out about rabies here and the Balinese attitude about animals. Remember, however, I don’t speak Indonesian or Balinese and I’m in a tourist area. I’ll see what I can find out. Feel better. Aloha, Renée

      • Rosita says :

        Thanks, Renee. Love y’all so much! Don’t forget mentioning how typical Balinese beliefs toward animals influenced on rabies outbreak. And, plz, try going to Lombok or Gili isles or any other island if yuh wanna go on a new adventure! I’m sure Komodo and Flores might be interesting places, if yuh wanna know more about their culture & see beautiful landscapes 🙂 although I never went to Indonesia, even knowing it’s a dream of mine, try visiting some of those isles I suggested yuh, as Lombok or Flores & Komodo, and I’m sure yuh won’t regret, apart from being memories for an entire lifetime. 😊
        Hope everything is fine,

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