Timun Mesanten (Cucumber with Coconut Sauce)

Timun Mesanten (Cucumber with Coconut Sauce)

Timun mesanten is a Balinese dish that consists of cucumber with coconut sauce. This recipe might seem like it would taste bland, but the spices in this dish more than make up for it. You will be able to feel the heat of the spices and the savoriness of the dish itself.


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 gloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large red chilies, seeded and sliced
  • ยฝ tsp dried shrimp paste
  • 1 cups regular coconut milk
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 medium-sized cucumbers, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ยผ tsp black peppercorns, crushed


  1. Fried shallots to garnish.
  2. Heat the oil in heavy saucepan. Add shallots, garlic and chilies and saut for 2 minutes over low heat. Mix in the shrimp paste and saut for another minute. Pour in coconut milk and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cucumbers are cooked and sauce thickens.
  3. Seasons to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with fried shallots.