Recipe Chicken Curry

Indonesia, known for its rich and diverse culinary heritage, offers many savory delights, including the tantalizing Chicken Gulai. With its harmonious blend of spices and creamy coconut milk, this dish promises a culinary journey that delights the senses. Let's explore how to prepare this Indonesian delicacy right in your kitchen.


  1. 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  2. 2 cups thick coconut milk
  3. 2 cups thin coconut milk
  4. 4 shallots, finely chopped
  5. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 2 tomatoes, diced
  7. 2 stalks of lemongrass, bruised
  8. 4 kaffir lime leaves
  9. 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
  10. 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
  11. Salt and sugar to taste


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the shallots and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until they turn golden brown.
  3. Pour in the thin coconut milk, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. Let it simmer until the chicken is tender.
  4. add the thick coconut milk and tomatoes once the chicken is cooked. Stir well.
  5. Season the gulag with salt, sugar, and tamarind paste. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preference.
  6. Let the gulag simmer for another 10 minutes until the flavors are well combined and the sauce thickens.
  7. Serve the Chicken Gulai hot with steamed rice or your favorite Indonesian side dishes.


  1. For a richer flavor, roast the spices such as coriander seeds, cumin, and turmeric before grinding them into a paste.
  2. Use freshly squeezed coconut milk for the best taste. However, canned coconut milk can also be used as a substitute.
  3. If you prefer a spicier kick, add sliced red chili peppers or a teaspoon of chili powder to the gulag.
  4. Marinating the chicken with turmeric, salt, and lime juice beforehand can enhance its flavor and tenderness.


  1. Beef Gulai: Substitute chicken with beef chunks for a heartier alternative.
  2. Potato and Egg Gulai: Add boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs to the gulag for a vegetarian option.
  3. Seafood Gulai: Replace the chicken with prawns, fish, or squid for a delightful seafood twist.


The caloric content of Chicken Gulai can vary based on factors such as portion size, ingredients used, and cooking methods. However, a typical serving of Chicken Gulai (about 200 grams) contains approximately 300-400 calories.


Indulging in the aromatic flavors of Chicken Gulai is not just a culinary experience but a journey through the vibrant tapestry of Indonesian cuisine. With its rich blend of spices, creamy coconut milk, and tender chicken, this dish encapsulates the essence of Indonesian culinary tradition. Whether enjoyed with steamed rice or as part of a lavish feast, Chicken Gulai never fails to tantalize the taste buds and leave a lasting impression of warmth and comfort. So, gather your ingredients, immerse yourself in cooking, and savor the exquisite flavors of this Indonesian masterpiece. 


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