Recipe Chicken Curry

Gulai Ayam is a traditional Indonesian dish known for its rich and aromatic flavors. It's a type of curry, typically made with chicken, coconut milk, and a blend of spices. This dish is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of savory and mildly spicy flavors. Here's how to make it:


  • 1 kg chicken, cut into pieces
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 shallots, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1-inch galangal, sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and sugar to taste

Spice Paste:

  • 5 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 red chilies (adjust according to your spice preference)
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 1-inch turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 candlenuts (or substitute with macadamia nuts)


  1. Blend all the ingredients for the spice paste until smooth.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the sliced shallots and minced garlic, sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add the spice paste, lemongrass, bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal. Cook until the paste is fragrant and the oil starts to separate.
  4. Add the chicken pieces, potatoes, and chopped tomatoes. Stir well to coat the chicken with the spice mixture.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook until the chicken is tender and the potatoes are cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and sugar to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice or your favorite side dishes.


  • For a richer flavor, you can marinate the chicken with a bit of salt and lime juice for about 30 minutes before cooking.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can let the curry simmer uncovered for a bit longer to allow the sauce to reduce.
  • Don't skip the galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves as they add essential aromatic notes to the dish.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of chili used in the spice paste.


  • You can replace chicken with beef, lamb, or even tofu for a vegetarian version of Gulai.
  • Add vegetables like carrots, green beans, or cabbage to make the dish more nutritious and colorful.
  • Experiment with different spice blends to create your own unique twist on this classic dish.


The calorie count for Gulai Ayam can vary depending on factors such as portion size, the amount of coconut milk used, and additional ingredients. On average, one serving of Gulai Ayam with rice contains approximately 400-500 calories.


Gulai Ayam is a delightful Indonesian dish that tantalizes the taste buds with its aromatic spices and creamy coconut milk. Whether you're a fan of traditional Indonesian cuisine or looking to explore new flavors, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings. With its versatile nature, you can easily customize Gulai Ayam to suit your preferences, making it a beloved favorite for family meals and gatherings. So why not bring a taste of Indonesia to your kitchen and enjoy the comforting warmth of this delicious chicken curry?


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