Ayam Berempah


(Spicy Chicken) Serves 6 - 8

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized chicken
  • 2 tbsps aniseed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 6 caramoms
  • 1.5 cm piece of ginger
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 red chillies
  • 1 stalk lemon grass
  • 3 tbsps coriander
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 7 cloves
  • 5 cm piece of cinnamon
  • a piece of galangal
  • 20 shallots
  • 2 Bombay onions
  • 2 slices dried sour fruit
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • some shrimp paste

 

Method

  1. Toast all ingredients except red chillies, lemon grass and Bombay onions. Pound finely.
  2. Cut Bombay onions into four and cut chillies lengthways.
  3. Clean the chicken and cut into 8 pieces.
  4. Squeeze coconut to get 4 cups of milk.
  5. Cook chicken with coconut milk over a medium heat.
  6. Bring gravy to a boil and add in the powdered ingredients.
  7. Put in crushed lemon grass together with Bombay onions, red chillies and salt to taste.
  8. Simmer till chicken is tender and gravy is thick.