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Delicious Indonesian Traditional chicken curry from Java. Authentic Recipe of Opor Ayam

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The Traditional Indonesian Chicken Curry is locally known as the Opor Ayam. This flavorful curry is the type of dish you would want to serve your guest during a dinner party. The chicken is slowly cooked in a mix of coconut milk and a blend of spices that is sure to give you a taste that you will never forget. This dish is a common staple during “Hari Raya Idul Fitri”, or the Eid-al Fitr for the Muslims in Indonesia, especially for those living in Java.

In the past, Opor Ayam is considered as a peasant/commoner dish, because they often cook it because they don’t have the money to buy beef like the royal families do. They began cooking chicken with coconut milk and whatever spices they could find at the time, and thus, the Opor Ayam is born.

The dish is light and can be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Delicious Indonesian Traditional chicken curry from Java. Authentic Recipe of Opor Ayam

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Opor Ayam
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Dish Type Stew Recipes
Main Cooking Method Stewing


Servings 5 portions
Calories / Serving 1080 kcal


  • 1 Chicken
  • 5 pc Egg
  • 500 ml (17.89 oz) Coconut Cream
  • 1 L (2.11 lb) Coconut Milk
  • 2 sticks Lemongrass – Cymbopogon – Barbed Wire Grass – Cochin Grass – Malabar Grass Bruised
  • 3 sheets Bay Leaf
  • 5 sheets Kaffir Lime Leaf
  • 1 1/2 thumb Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 pc Clove
  • 1/2 pc Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Juice
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground White Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
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Ingredient for Blended Spice

  • 9 whole Shallot Onion
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 thumb Fresh Ginger Root
  • 2 thumb Fresh Galangal – Kencur – Aromatic Ginger – Kaempferia Galanga – Sand Ginger – Cutcherry – Resurrection Lily
  • 2 thumb Turmeric – Curcuma Longa
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seed Roasted
  • 5 pc Candlenut Roasted
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Roasted


Blended Spice

  • Into a non-stick pan, not oiled, add the cumin, candlenut, and coriander and roast until fragrant.
  • Into a food processor, add all the ingredients for the blended spice.
  • Blend it to a smooth consistency.


  • Cut the chicken into pieces, wash, and put aside.
  • Into a large wok, add vegetable oil and fry the blended spice until fragrant.
  • Next, add the dry spices like lemongrass, bay leaves, lime leaves, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into the wok, this will produce a fragrant aroma.
  • When fragrant, start adding the chicken into the wok, and cook until the meat starts to change color.
  • As soon as the chicken changed color, add coconut milk (the thin one), and stir constantly to prevent the coconut milk from curdling. Bring to a boil and cook until the chicken becomes tender.
  • Then, pour in the coconut cream, and bring the dish to a boil for the second time.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, like sugar, salt, and tamarind juice. Taste and let the coconut milk/cream cook fully.
To make the dish even more flavorful, you can swap the chicken with an organic free-range chicken.
The Opor Ayam is often served with “Ketupat”, shrimp crackers, and crispy fried shallots.
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Calories: 1080kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 37gFat: 100gSaturated Fat: 74gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 1073mgPotassium: 1166mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 262IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 12mg
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