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Opor Ayam Kuning: Chicken in Turmeric & Coconut Milk

Opor Ayam Kuning: Chicken in Turmeric and Coconut Milk

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Poultry
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Opor ayam, or chicken simmered in turmeric and coconut milk, is a popular dish from Central Java. It is often served on Eid, after the fasting month of Ramadan, and is suitable for people who can’t take spicy food.


  • 1/2 chicken, portioned, washed thoroughly
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 8 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cm turmeric, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cm ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 0.5 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp ground white pepper
  • 4 cm galangal, peeled, sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised, knotted
  • 2 salam leaves
  • 4 cm whole cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 750 ml water
  • 65 ml coconut milk


  1. Using a blender or food processor, blend to a smooth paste: shallots, garlic, turmeric and ginger.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat.
  3. Fry the blended spices, lemongrass, galangal and salam leaves until fragrant, around 4 minutes.

    Opor Ayam Kuning frying spices

  4. Add the cinnamon stick, ground coriander, cumin, white pepper, salt and sugar. Mix well.
  5. Add the chicken and fry in the spice mix for about 4 minutes.

    Opor Ayam Kuning add chicken

  6. Add water and mix well. Then add coconut milk.
  7. Add the hard boiled eggs. Stir well.

    Opor Ayam Kuning boil the ingredients

  8. When the soup boils, lower the heat to medium low. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  9. Transfer to a serving bowl.


  • This dish is best enjoyed with steamed white rice and as part of a big feast!

Keywords: Non-spicy, Turmeric, Coconut