A crunchy green bean salad recipe with roasted coconut flakes, lime and all the goodness of balinese slow cooking.


A balinese green bean salad recipe with roasted coconut flakes, lime and spices. Get this and more balinese recipes on Gourmet Project.
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Balinese master the art of slow living, deeply (learn more on my Bali guide). Every part of their day is somehow filled with meditation, good intentions and smiles. So is the kitchen. Slow cooking meals that require time, fresh ingredients and dedication. Slow food!

The second recipe of the Bali Project is another vegetarian, and bento-friendly dish: a bean and roasted coconut salad recipe, emblematic of Balinese slow cooking.

It never took me so much to make a salad. But it’s worth it (and you can make a lot of steps ahead of time).

Note: sambal goreng is THE sauce of balinese cooking. Every home or place is proud of its recipe. It is always hot, very hot. Mine is way milder: I brought Casaluna’s recipe from 8-10 small chilies to 1 medium.

You? Do what you have to do.

crunchy bean and roasted coconut salad with all the goodness of balinese slow cooking
5 from 1 vote

urab buncis aka green bean salad

Course green bean salads
Cuisine balinese
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


for the spice mix – you can make 1-2 days ahead

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons of grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds oil
  • 2 candlenuts you may substitute with 3 tablespoons of ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh turmeric

for the sambal goreng – you can make 1-2 days ahead

  • 5 shallots finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 red chili finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds oil

for the rest of the salad

  • 3 cups green beans 300 gr - cleaned, trimmed and cut in 2-3
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • the zest of 1 lime
  • 1 lemongrass cut in 2-3 pieces
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • sea salt to taste


for the spice mix

  1. Pestle in a mortar or blend in a food processor all the spices.

for the sambal goreng

  1. Heat the sesame seeds oil in a small wok or pan. Brown the shallots and garlic, stirring continuously.
  2. Add chili and soy sauce and fry a few seconds.
  3. Pour everything in a jar and set aside

to finish the salad

  1. Boil the green beans in salted water 3-5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy.
  2. Roast the shredded coconut in a very hot skillet until it begins to golden brown.
  3. Heat the sesame seeds oil in a large wok, add the spice mix and brown it, over medium heat, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, the lemongrass and the lime zest. Stir and simmer until creamy and thick.
  5. Assemble the salad: green beans, coconut, spice mix and coconut milk from the wok, finally 1-2 tablespoons of sambal goreng (depending on taste and spicy resistance).
  6. Salt to taste and serve at room temperature.

enjoy your green bean salad


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