Opor Ayam is a Javanese chicken curry where the chicken is braised in coconut milk with a fragrant curry spice paste. Learn to make this chicken stew from scratch and wow your family!
Blend all spice paste ingredients together and set aside. You may need 1 tbsp of water to make the blending easier.
Marinade chicken pieces with 2 tbsp lemon juice for 15 minutes.
Add oil to pan and add spice paste. Cook the paste for 1 minute until fragrant.
Drain the chicken pieces and add to spice paste. Stir until well coated with paste.
Add salt, sugar, tamarind juice and bay leaf.
Cook for 1 minute.
Add lemongrass stalk and kaffir lime leaves.
Add coconut milk.
Bring to boil (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low and cook for 35-40 minutes. Chicken should easily pull off from bone.
Add 2 tbsp fried shallots / onions and cook for 2-3 more minutes. This step is optional.
Serve and garnish with fried shallots and chilli. Serve with rice.