Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lemper Ayam


I am craving for this authentic Indonesian snack after reading a comment from an American student who came to Indonesia and becoming obsessed with this food call LEMPER AYAM. She also love mata kebo, but I already put the recipe of mata kebo HERE, I know it still in Bahasa Indonesia, maybe one day if I decided to make it again I'll post it in English with a better picture :P (Will see!)

Traditionally, Lemper Ayam is wrapped in banana leaves, the shape is round with some chicken fillings inside.  But since I live in the country where banana leaves only come frozen, somewhat prissy and a bit inconvenience (for me :D) so I choose to use wax paper instead :D
To save some time and process, I did not shape the lemper one by one with hands, instead I layered the rice and chicken and another rice, as you can see on the pictures.



LEMPER AYAM
Indonesian glutinous rice with aromatic chicken filling

Ingredients :
500 gr glutinous rice (soak it for at least 2 hours, I did it overnight)
500 ml coconut milk
2 Indian bay leaves
2 Kefir lime leaves
1 Pandanus leaf
1 stalk lemon grass (bruised)
1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Chicken filling :
350 gr chicken breast (boiled until cooked, then shredded)
2 Indian bay leaves
4 Kefir lime leaves
200 ml coconut milk
1 tbsp Javanese tamarind's juice
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp cooking oil

Grind into paste :
9 shallots (I used 1 big size of onion)
5 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
5 pcs roasted candle nut
1/2 tsp cumin
1 inch galanga
Salt and pepper to taste

Method :
1. Drain the rice, then steam it for 15 to 20 minutes, remove from heat, set aside.
2. Heat the coconut milk together with lemon grass, bay leaves, kefir lime leaves, pandanus leaves and salt until it simmers.
3. Add the rice into simmering coconut milk, stir and let it cook until done. Watch this process carefully, fold the rice to make sure you do not overcook the bottom part, but at the same time you do not want to over do it, you do not wanna ended up having one big clumpy sticky rice ball :). Remove from heat, discharge all the leafy herbs/seasoning and divided into 2 parts, set aside.
4. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan, saute the seasoning paste until fragrant. Add the shredded chicken and the rest of the ingredients. Stir until everything is well blended and no more liquid. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Prepare a non stick square or rectangular baking pan such as pyrex, then layer one part of the rice and gently spread it all over the pan. Then add the chicken filling and spread it on top of the first layer. Last add the other part of the rice and spread it all over using spatula.
6. Steam until it's cooked. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
7. Release it from the pan, slice it as desire then wrap it with wax paper. Enjoy it!!

10 comments:

Tina (PinayInTexas) said...

I'm always looking for new dishes to try, and I'm so glad to find you on Lyn's blog (My Lil Messy & Cheeky)...everything here looks yummy!
I'm your newest follower!

Tina
@Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner

ღ♡Ꮣуռ էяɨռɨא♡ღ said...

Hi Lina! Hope you're enjoying your summer vacation! :D
I love Indonesian kuehs and snacks! This looks yummy but so many ingredients and patience needed. Hee... Of coz! Good food takes time right! ^.^
I supposed all the elderly always cook in estimations (my parents too!) due to their many years of practice and experiences. This is why I find it slightly frustrating whenever I ask my parents for certain recipes esp. my dad. He'll talk in a kinda attitude but when in good mood, he'll tell me very nicely and even try to tell me how much in measurements are his estimations! ^.^
Have a wonderful weekend! :D

Lina Gladman said...

Hi Tina,

Thank you so much!!! I am sorry for not replying right away, the boys are keeping me busy all the time.
This cooking blog is still very messy, I haven't spend much time to re arrange everything, but I hope you enjoy it.

Lina Gladman said...

Hi Lyn,
Thank you so much ^__^
We try to enjoy summer as much as possible, but the weather is so unpredictable here lately, this week is been cold ... doesn't feel like summer at all.
I hope you are enjoying your summer there ^__^
BTW, you are lucky to have such a DAD who can cook, my dad doesn't cook at all :P

ღ♡Ꮣуռ էяɨռɨא♡ღ said...

You're always welcome Lina! :D
Nowadays weathers are just so different from the past :(
Here in SG is summer all year round and it has gotten worse! It's too terribly hot and humid that I just don't feel like getting outta the house! lol :P
We did went to the SG Zoo Night Safari with my bro and niece during the last week of sch vacation. Recently my hubby has gotten so obsessed with prawn catching and we've been going there almost EVERYDAY!
Although my Dad knows to cook but he seldom cook now so it doesn't makes any difference... lol :P

pawonomah.tk said...

lempernya cantiiiikkkk....jd pgn nyomot satu :)

Lina Gladman said...

Pawonomah : makasih banyak udah mampir .. masih belajar neh .. jeje

Maria said...

Hi Lina,
I was looking for a lemper recipe to try to make and stumbled onto your blogsite. I am a new fan! Wonderful pictures, cute bento lunches, lots of recipes and ideas - I will be back for more inspiration! Terima kasih :)

Maria said...

Hi Lina,
I was looking for a lemper recipe and stumbled onto your blogsite. I am a new fan! Great pictures, cute bentos, lots of recipes and ideas - I will be back for more inspiration and ideas! Terima kasih!

Lina Gladman said...

Hi Maria,
Thank you so much for your visit :) and thanks for great complements ^__^

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