Chicken curry Javanese style (Kare ayam Jawa)

Chicken curry Javanese style or Kare Ayam Jawa.

Indonesia is a big country with varied dishes from each of the thousands of islands scattered in the archipelago. It seems that it will take you more than a lifetime to learn everything there is to learn about this country’s cuisine. KARE is not the same as a KARI! Apparently a kare is a very close cousin of an OPOR (cooked in coconut milk) with the addition of turmeric so the dish should have a yellow color instead of white, and a kari is well, kari, and not a Javanese dish.



  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 8 pieces of bone-in chicken
  • 6 cups thin coconut milk (or use 5 cups water and 1 can coconut milk)
  • 3 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa), or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind juice (Indonesian: air asam Jawa)

Grind the following into 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)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (Indonesian: bubuk kunyit)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder (Indonesian: bubuk jinten)
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper (Indonesian: bubuk lada)


  • Deep fried shallot flakes (Indonesian: bawang merah goreng)


  1. Heat oil in a wok and sauté spice paste until fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken, and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add thin coconut milk and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  4. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with deep fried shallot flakes, and serve with steamed white rice.

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