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Curried Chicken (Kare Ayam) Recipe

Curried Chicken (Kare Ayam) Recipe

Curried Chicken (Kare Ayam) Recipe

Curried Chicken is one of Indonesia’s most famous dishes, blending a variety of herbs and spices to create a savory and heartwarming dish. To extract the most intense flavors, it’s imperative to use chicken with the bones in. The key to fantastic Curried Chicken is to be indulgent with the seasonings. After all, chicken, potatoes, and coconut milk are all mildly flavored to begin with, so they make a great canvas for a beautiful meal when all the right ingredients are simmered together. As a garlic lover, I use a lot of it in this dish without making it the focal point. This is an easy dish to prepare and will keep well in the refrigerator for several days.

Ingredients :

    • 1/2 tablespoon ground red chili pepper
    • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp paste (Indonesian terasi or Thai shrimp paste)
    • 2 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 15-20 cloves garlic
    • 3 stalks lemongrass, tender inner part of bottom third only, finely minced
    • Two 2-inch (5-cm) pieces galangal, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 1 fresh chicken, cut into 8 pieces (mix of drumsticks, thighs, wings, and breasts, bone-in)
    • 2 cups (500 ml) coconut milk
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 21/2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 10 kaffir lime leaves or 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

Method :

    1. Grind the ground red chili pepper, shrimp paste, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, and galangal using a mortar and pestle or food processor until a smooth paste is formed.
    2. Heat the oil in a wok or pot over high heat. Sauté the paste for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. Carefully place the chicken and coconut milk on top of the paste, stirring gently until the paste is mixed into the liquid. Bring to a vigorous boil then lower the heat to medium.
    3. Add the potatoes, salt, ground coriander, turmeric, and kaffir lime leaves. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

SERVES 4-6
PREPARATION TIME : 10-15 MINUTES
COOKING TIME : 50-55 MINUTES