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Javanese Chicken Curry Instant Pot

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry - Indonesian Style

This recipe is very famous in Indonesia because the Java province is well known for its great recipes and styles of cooking.


java chicken curry instant pot
What is Indonesian Curry Chicken?
Java curry chicken is many people’s favorite dishes and is one of the spice islands of Indonesia's most famous dishes.  

Javanese Chicken Curry includes a sublime coconut-milk built curry, perfumed with lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon sticks, kaffir lime.
A gorgeous coconut-milk curry from Java, Indonesia, flavored and perfumed with lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and ground coriander. It is a benchmark which many Indonesian home cooks measure themselves by. 
The dish is a perfect showcase for almost any style of chicken but is famous for a whole one, cut into small, bone-in serving pieces.  This is the traditional way - but the flavors are so great, just go ahead and make it with whatever chicken cuts you have, boned or boneless either is ok.

Javanese Chicken Curry features an amazing coconut-milk-based curry, perfumed with lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon sticks, kaffir lime. If you have them daun salam leaves also add to the depth - but this are not common so just leave them out if you do not have them.


Key Spices for Indonesian Chicken Curry

Lemongrass

Lemon grass is commonly used all through Asia - but it is most common in Southeast Asia.  Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam employ it in their cuisines. for making dishes like Tom Yum Goong, Beef Rendang, and Laksa to name but a few.

Chilli

Chilli is a key ingredient an you can use only a little and it will make a huge difference to the overall taste. My message to you if you are afraid - is do not be - just use a very small amount to start with - you will soon learn just how much you need. 

Ginger

Ginger is another key ingredient, just like chilli - use a little at first, but do use it because you will notice a difference. Even if you do not actually taste the ginger directly - it actually influences and enhances the overall flavour of the dish.
java chicken curry ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients

It really does help to get organized by getting all your ingredients measured and organized first. 

Why - because when you have never made a recipe before - having all your ingredients ready means that you can firstly check them off against the recipe before you start so that nothing is missing. 

Secondly - as you are moving through the cooking steps it lets you focus on the dish preparation rather than jumping around looking for or preparing a missed item.

Traditional Cleaning Of The Chicken


Traditional Way To Wash Chicken.

Wash first with water then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt.  Then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Mix these well all around the chicken - this adds to the taste and cleanliness.

Leave this mix with the chicken as it adds to the taste of the overall dish.


clean chicken with sale and lemon juice
deseed chilli

Take Out The Chili Seeds

I love the taste of chili and the depth of flavor that it brings to a dish, but sometimes it is too hot for me. 

So by taking out the seeds, you can still get that flavor but remove the heat.


Making the Curry Paste


Using a stick blender or food processor and add the roughly diced shallots, garlic, sliced turmeric, sliced galangal, chopped and deseeded chili, and blend until it is a nice slight runny paste.

Stop from time to time and wipe down the sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula so all the ingredients are blended evenly. 

Tip you can also add a little chicken stock (a teaspoon or so) just to give a little wetness to the paste. 
curry paste java chicken curry
suate chicken curry paste

Cook The Curry Paste And Other Ingredients

Set the Instant Pot to Saute.

Add the curry paste to the Instant Pot bowl with a tiny amount of oil.

You want to cook out the paste to bring out the flavor - then add the lemongrass (after crushing it) and bruise the kaffir lime leaves as you add them. (If you do not have these just leave them out)

Then add all the other ingredients - except the potatoes and the chicken.

Stir this well so it is evenly mixed.


Time To Add The Potato And Chicken

Into you wet mix - now at the potato and chicken and stir gently but well so that the wet mix goes all over them.

Now you are ready to cook. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 15 minutes, and let it naturally release the pressure for 10 mins after the timer has beeped.



ready to cook chicken curry java
cooked in instant pot indonesian chicken curry

Indonesian Chicken Curry Ready

This is what the finished dish looks like before you are ready to plate up.

You can serve alone - but we love a little rice on the side to soak up all those loverly curry flavors.

Plated And Ready To Eat

I hope you do make this dish - it is a really amazing flavor that you will find hard to beat.
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Javanese Chicken Curry Instant Pot

  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indonesian

Description

Java Gulai Ayam - Indonesian Chicken Curry.


Scale

Ingredients

1 quill cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon powder)

2 star anise

5 cardamon pods

7 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon Coriander powder

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 lemongrass

9 shallot cloves

2 large chilli - deseeded

0.3 oz ginger 10g

0.17 oz galangal 5g

0.3 oz turmeric 10g

14 oz coconut cream 400g

10.5 oz chicken stock  300g

1 tablespoon brown sugar

6 kaffir lime leaf  (If you have them)

2 tablespoons of oil

2 lbs chicken 1kg

2 small potatoes ( cut into big chucks 2 inches)


Instructions

First, wash the Chicken - Traditional Way To Wash Chicken.

Wash the chicken first with water and then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt.  Then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Mix these well all around the chicken - this adds to the taste and cleanliness. Leave this mix with the chicken as it adds to the taste of the overall dish. (see photo above)

Prepare the Curry Paste

Using a stick blender or food processor and add the roughly diced shallots, garlic, sliced turmeric, sliced galangal, chopped and deseeded chili, and blend until it is a nice slight runny paste.

Stop from time to time and wipe down the sides of the food processor bowl with a spatula so all the ingredients are blended evenly. 

(Tip you can also add a little chicken stock (a teaspoon or so) just to give a little wetness to the paste. )

Cook The Curry Paste And Other Ingredients

Set the Instant Pot to Sauté.

Add the curry paste to the Instant Pot bowl with a tiny amount of oil.

You want to cook out the paste to bring out the flavor - then add the lemongrass (after crushing it) and bruise the kaffir lime leaves as you add them. (If you do not have these just leave them out)

Then add all the other ingredients - except the potatoes and the chicken.

Stir this well so it is evenly mixed.

Into you wet mix - now add the potato and chicken and stir gently but well so that the wet mix goes all over them.

Now you are ready to cook.

Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 15 minutes, and let it naturally release the pressure for 10 mins after the timer has beeped. 



Nutrition

  • Calories: 455

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