Besengek Ayam

  • 1 broiler or fryer
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetables oil or margarine
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 red chilies, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground laos
  • 2 candlenuts, grated
  • 1/2 tsp shrimp paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut, desiccated or freshly grated
  • 2 cup coconut milk from 1 coconut
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tamarind juice


1. Cut chicken into serving portions. Wash thoroughly. Rub thoroughly with salt and fry in oil until light golden brown.
2. Add onion and garlic to chicken and fry until onion turns medium brown.
3. Now add chili, coriander, cumin and laos and fry again for about 1 minute. Add candlenuts to mixture and stir well. Add shrimp paste and grated coconut. Fry an additional minute. Then add coconut milk and brown sugar. Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Finally add in tamarind juice. Serve.