Top 10 Indonesian Desserts You Need To Try

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Indonesia Desserts

Indonesian desserts offer a tropical blend of flavours and textures. From creamy Es Teler to chewy Klepon, they showcase coconut, palm sugar, and exotic fruits like jackfruit and pandan, offering a delightful culinary experience.

An assortment of Indonesian dessert | Shutterstock

Es Teler

Es Teler is a popular dessert usually consumed as a refreshing treat to beat the heat or after meals. This dessert is prepared by mixing diced fruits such as avocado, jackfruit, and coconut, then served in sweet coconut milk and crushed ice. Finally, it is topped with condensed milk for an added flavour.

A serving of Es Teler | Shutterstock


Klepon is a traditional Indonesian dessert typically served during special events such as weddings or religious ceremonies. These sweet treats are made from small green rice flour balls filled with palm sugar and coated in grated coconut. They have a chewy texture and are subtly flavoured with pandan.

A bowl full of Klepon | Shutterstock

Dadar Gulung

Dadar Gulung is a popular Indonesian snack or dessert, often consumed during afternoon tea. They are green crepes made from pandan-flavoured batter and filled with sweetened grated coconut cooked with palm sugar. 

A platter of Dadar Gulung | Shutterstock

Bubur Sumsum

Bubur Sumsum is a popular dish typically consumed as a breakfast or a light evening dessert. This sweet rice flour porridge is prepared by cooking it with coconut milk and palm sugar and can be served either warm or cold. It is often flavoured with pandan or vanilla to enhance its taste.

Bubur Sumsum or Bubur Lemu, a traditional porridge from West Java | Shutterstock


During Ramadan and other festive occasions, Kolak is a popular dessert made with bananas and sweet potatoes cooked in coconut milk and palm sugar, sometimes with additional ingredients like pumpkin or cassava.

Some servings of Kolak | Shutterstock

Pisang Goreng

Pisang Goreng is a popular snack made by deep-frying ripe bananas coated in batter until golden brown, resulting in a crispy and sweet treat that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Pisang Goreng served with coffee | Shutterstock

Es Campur

Es Campur is a mixed ice dessert that contains ingredients like coconut, grass jelly, tapioca pearls, and fruits. It is served with sweet syrups and is popular for cooling down in hot weather.

A serving of Es Campur | Shutterstock

Putu Mayang

Putu Mayang is a dessert commonly served on special occasions or as a sweet snack. It is made by soaking rice flour strands in coconut milk and serving them with palm sugar syrup. This dessert has a distinctive texture and flavour that will delight your taste buds.

A bowl full of traditional Putu Mayang | Shutterstock

Martabak Manis

Martabak Manis is a famous Indonesian dish typically consumed as a dessert or snack. It is prepared by making a thick pancake batter that is sweetened and then filled with various toppings such as chocolate sprinkles, crushed peanuts, condensed milk, and cheese.

Martabak Manis or Kue Terang Bulan with filling chocolate and peanut | Shutterstock

Lapis Legit

Lapis Legit is a cake commonly served during special events or given as a gift. It is a rich and flavorful cake that is made using butter, eggs, and spices such as cinnamon and clove. The cake is baked layer by layer, which results in a beautiful and delicious final product.

Lapis Legit served on a wooden tray | Shutterstock

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