Veron is an ace in all dishes Indonesian and this was a particular hit with my niece, visiting from university and interested in trying out different dishes.
This one is for you, Pooj !
- 5 chicken drumsticks
- a 2″piece of fresh ginger
- a 3″ piece of fresh turmeric
- a 2″ piece of galangal
- 1 stem of lemon grass
- 5 kaffir lime leaves
- 5 cloves garlic
- 7 shallots
- 4 candlenuts (or macadamia nuts)
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- salt and pepper
- Blend all ingredients except chicken to a fine paste, ideally with no water.
- Rub the paste into the chicken, add a bit of water if too dry. Marinate a while.
- Boil, cool, refrigerate till required, ideally overnight.
- Fry the chicken pieces the next day.
The chicken pieces, once boiled, can be stored up to a month in the fridge, after boiling and cooling.
Candlenut or aleurites moluccanus is a flowering tree in the spurge family, also known as candleberry, Indian walnut, kemiri, varnish tree, nuez de la India, buah keras, or kukui nut tree. The nut is often used cooked in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine, where it is called kemiri in Indonesian or buah keras in Malay. On the island of Java in Indonesia, it is used to make a thick sauce that is eaten with vegetables and rice. In the Philippines, the fruit and tree are traditionally known as lumbang
Galangal, also known as Siamese ginger, is a member of the ginger family – Zingiberaceae. Its skin is smoother and paler than ginger root’s, the interior ranges from white to yellow to pink, and its flavor is stronger and more astringent.
Pictures from the web, with thanks.