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Coconut Gravy Chicken Recipe

Coconut Gravy Chicken Recipe

Ingredients :

1.5 kg chicken

5 tablespoons cooking oil

4 shallots, shredded finely

1 tablespoon tamarind juice

3 kaffir lime leaves

100 ml thick coconut milk

350 ml thin coconut milk

1 stalk lemon grass, smashed (white part only)

4 cm cinnamon stick

1 star anise

2 daun salam


Ground ingredients

3 cloves garlic

8 shallots

1 cm piece fresh turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons cilantro powder

4 candlenuts

1/2 teaspoon fennel

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 1/2 cm ginger

3 cm galangal



Dark brown sugar to taste

Salt to taste


Method :

Cut the chicken into bite-size. Combine all the ground ingredients with 1 tablespoon of oil into a paste. marinate the chicken with the ground ingredients mixture for 4 hours or preferably overnight in the fridge. Heat a saucepan with enough oil and saute the sliced shallots until golden brown and crispy. Drain shallot from the oil. Heat remaining oil in the saucepan. Add the chicken and fry until the meat is firm. Add the thin coconut milk, cinnamon stick, lemon grass, star anise and daun salam. Stir until the mixture starts to boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Stir in the thick coconut milk and tamarind juice and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid the coconut milk from curdling. Halfway through cooking, add the kaffir lime leaves and seasoning to taste. When the meat is tender and cooked, remove and serve with a garnishing of crisp fried shallots. Serve hot.


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