Indonesia Eats

Bunga Turi (Sesbania grandiflora)

I call this bunga turi (in Javanese: kembang turi); literally translated bunga or kembang means flower and turi is the tree name for Sesbania grandiflora in Indonesian.

Although I had bunga turi for the first time when I was a kid, I noticed some Indonesian friends haven’t had it before. At the place where I grew up (East Java), bunga turi is used for Pecel (Javanese vegetables salad). In the Central area of Java, bunga turi is cooked for Sayur Asam (Vegetables Sour Soup) and Sayur Lodeh (Vegetables in Coconut Milk Stew). Sayur Asam reminds me of Thai Tom Yum or Filipino Sinigang. It’s common to add tomato or tamarind or bilimbi to get sour flavour in Sayur Asam.

Inspiring by fried zucchini flower, I tried making bunga turi tempura couple time. It turned out quite good.

I don’t know the English name for this flower since the Asian markets here label it in Tagalog (katuray) or Vietnamese (so đũa).

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13 thoughts on “Bunga Turi (Sesbania grandiflora)”

  1. Hello!I am so amazed with the amount of information (detailed info) presented on this blog, not forgetting excellent super yummilicious pictures :-)Thanks for sharing.Pembaca dari UK – Jessica

  2. Hello!
    I am so amazed with the amount of information (detailed info) presented on this blog, not forgetting excellent super yummilicious pictures 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

    Pembaca dari UK – Jessica

  3. I tasted pecel when I was in Yogyakarta in a restaurant near the Kraton, with the peanut sweet sauce, the bitter flower tasted very good.
    Now I can buy it in Vancouver in Vietnamese grocery. I use the flowers in sour soup, in pecel, in tempura deep-fried, in Laksa, and also I stir-fry the flowers with crushed candle nuts with palm sugar. The combination is bitter and sweet.
    http://www.mucunabotanicalgarden.blogspot.com

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  5. Hello,

    First of all I want to compliment you with your magnificent blog! Keep it up;-)
    And thanks for sharing recipes.

    I was searching for the recipe of sambal bawang and end up here, which I’m not regretting.

    In Suriname (South America) we stir fry the flowers (very easy style) > garlic, onion,
    shrimp paste.

    This flowers are very popular by the javanese people in Suriname.
    And we all know it as kembang turi also, unfortunately no other name for.

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