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Gulai Ayam or Chicken Curry from Indonesia

Updated on June 26, 2010
Gulai Ayam
Gulai Ayam

Gulai Ayam or Chicken Curry is become one traditional dishes that used to consume for special occasion days like Lebaran or to celebrate a special day. Most of Indonesian love this kind of dishes and now many people serve it as everyday food. Not just for special occasion.

And not just native Indonesian, many Indonesian Chinese that have already stayed or even born in Indonesia used to have Gulai Ayam for special day like Cap Go Meh (to celebrate the 15th day of Lunar New Year), Indonesian Chinese used to serve it with Lontong or rice cake. The Indonesian Gulai Ayam or Indonesian Chicken Curry maybe different from Indian's Chicken Curry. But I think the spicy  taste is almost the same.

We used many coconut milk here :) well, I think it is not so good for the waist line. So, I think this dishes is better to consume just for special day, for the sake of our waist.

Gulai Ayam Recipe

Ingredients :

2 kg of chicken (boiled and given 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon sugar)
3 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon curry seasoning
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 bay leaves
2 Turmeric leaves tied
1/2 liter of thick coconut milk (1/2 kg coconut plus 1/2 liter of water)
11/2 liter of thin coconut milk
150 cc oil

Blend :
35 grams Onion
30 grams garlic
15 grams turmeric
25 grams kemiri nuts or candle nuts
30 grams ginger
75 grams red chilies
2 teaspoons pepper
2 stalks lemongrass
60 grams galangal
1 tablespoon sugar


1. Heat the oil, then saute the spice blend with curry spices, bay leaves, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric leaves and swirled.
2. Add the chicken that has been boiled, stirring constantly.
3. Then enter the thin coconut milk, simmer over low heat and cover the pan.
4. Finally enter the thick coconut milk with sugar and salt and bring to a boil again.

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Kaffir Lime Leaves
Kaffir Lime Leaves
The Coconut Milk
The Coconut Milk

Ingredients Dictionary

Kaffir Lime leaves
Kaffir Lime tree is an Indonesian native lime tree. The Latin name is Citrus hystrix, C. papedia. We usually used the kaffir lime fruit and the leaves. The leaves are highly aromatic and and suitable for various Asian cuisines, including Thai, Indonesian, Cambodian and Lao cuisines. They are easily recognizable by their emerald-green, doubled sections, which makes them appear as if two leaves are joined together. I really love the smell.

But if it's hard to find these kind of leaves, you may substitute it with a bit of grated lime zest and a dash of lime or lemon juice, it taste almost the same.

Coconut Milk

Is a kind of milk that is derived from the coconut's flesh. You have to finely grated the coconut's flesh and soak it in warm or mineral water. After that, you have to squeez it through a clean cloth, and you will get the white liquid, that's the coconut milk.

You may learn how to make coconut milk here : About coconut milk

Kemiri Nuts

Kemiri is often used to make a thick sauce. You may subtitute kemiri nuts with macadamia nuts. You may find this kind of nuts in Asian market.

Kemiri Nuts
Kemiri Nuts


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      Marianne Kellow 4 years ago from SE Thailand

      This recipe looks wonderful and I'm going to try it on my curry loving husband. And in my garden I have a tiny Kaffir lime shrub that I've grown from a seed. It now has enough leaves on for me to use! Thank you for the lovely hub. MB

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      I love chicken curry. Great hubs

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you Cameron, chicken curry is really delicious, good luck!

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      Cameron Fleming 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks yummy! Can't wait to try it out.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you Pras! What do you mean by more? the recipes or the chicken curry? haha..

      We will have many chicken curry in Lebaran time, right? Thank you for visiting!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like your hub. Chicken curry is one of my favorite cuisine. This was really Indonesian taste. Thanks for share the recipes for us. Do you have some more for me? Hmmmm....Yummy. Thumbs up for you!


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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Agus, this one is my fave too, thank you for visiting!

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Another delicious food you serve in this hub. This is one of my favorite food that other readers should try too.

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello, hello, you're welcome :)

      Judydianne, yes, it tastes really delicious if you're a spicy food lover. Thank you for stopping by.

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      The spices and coconut milk sound like a wonderful combination. I love curry!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing you lovely food and dishes with us. I love your cooking.