Chicken Curry of Indonesian Minangkabau Recipe

How to cook chicken curry in Minang cuisine of West Sumatera, Indonesia.


How are you, all?

Chicken curry in Minang cuisine has coconut milk sauce that a bit thick. The taste is also spicy. We say “gulai ayam”. I wanna share the recipe of me.



1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces

1 liter of coconut milk from 1 coconut

20 red chilies, grind until smooth

1 thumb of galangal


8 lime leaves,

1 turmeric leaf, cut into 3 pieces

1 stalk of lemongrass

1 kandis tamarind (can be replaced with a bit lime water or 1 tsp of vinegar)


1 tsp salt

½ tsp chicken bouillon powder


Grind until smooth:


8 shallot

2 garlic

½ thumb of ginger

½ thumb of turmeric

1/2 tsp of pepper

1 tsp of coriander

How to cook:

Take the wok or pan. Pour the coconut milk, then add all spices, chilies, galangal, lime leaves, turmeric leaves, lemongrass, salt, and chicken bouillon powder.

Turn the stove on to medium heat, then boil coconut milk. Stir it frequently.

When the coconut milk has boiled, add the chicken. Cook until done, stirring occasionally.

I usually cook the thigh pieces for 45 minutes, then the breast pieces for 1 hour. So it depends on the cut. If they are small, 30 - 45 minutes they will be cooked.

5 minutes before done, add the kandis tamarind. If you don't have any, you can replace it with a bit of little lime water or 1 tsp of vinegar.


For the chilies, I usually use 2 tbsp of ground chilies. We can buy instantly here. And 20 green small chilies (Malaysians say chili padi) with medium ground. Happy cooking. Thanks for coming.

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