Kolak (or kolek) is an Indonesian dessert based on palm sugar or coconut sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf (P. amaryllifolius). A variation in which banana is added, is called kolak pisang or banana kolak. Other variations may add ingredients such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes, jackfruit, plantains, cassava, rice balls, and tapioca pearls. It is usually served warm or at room temperature, but some prefer it cold.

A bowl of jackfruit kolak
Alternative namesKolek
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateSoutheast Asia
Created byIndonesians
Main ingredientsPalm sugar, coconut milk, pandanus leaf
VariationsKolak pisang, Kolak pisang ubi, Kolak waluh, Kolak biji salak, Kolak nangka, Kolak ubi, Kolak durian

In Indonesia, kolak is a popular iftar dish during the holy month of Ramadan and is also a popular street food.


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  • Binignit, a similar dish from the Philippines

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