Kare Ayam Jawa - Javanese Chicken Curry

4.8 from 4 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 3 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (Indonesian: bubuk kunyit)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder (Indonesian: bubuk jinten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper (Indonesian: bubuk lada)
  • 1 whole chicken cut into 8-12 pieces, or 4-5 chicken quarters separated into thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
  • 1100 ml (4 1/2 cup) chicken stock/water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind juice (1 teaspoon tamarind + 1 tablespoon water, massaged and strained)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • Spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 6 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • Garnish
  • fried shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah goreng)


  1. Grind spice paste: Use a food processor to grind shallots, garlic, candlenuts, ginger, and galangal into a smooth paste.
  2. Sauté spice paste and herbs: Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Sauté spice paste, lemongrass, daun salam, turmeric, cumin, and pepper for 3-5 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken: Add chicken into the wok. Stir, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Add coconut milk and seasonings: Pour in coconut milk, chicken stock/water, tamarind juice, and season with salt and coconut palm sugar. Once it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the chicken is tender and the sauce is reduced and thick.
  5. Garnish and serve: Stir in kaffir lime leaves. Turn off the heat and transfer the curry to a serving bowl. Garnish with fried shallots and serve it immediately with steamed white rice.

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