Monday, February 22, 2016

Soto Ayam (Indonesian Style Turmeric Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk)




Oh how I love Monday! why?
Because Monday is my Sabbath..lol
I don't do anything purposefully: no field trip, no homeschooling session, absolutely no demands of doing things....I empty my to do lists on Monday... just relax, chillax, enjoy my day, and pause....

My Monday today started with cooking Soto Ayam in the morning....yeay!
Cooking is a passion, so it is not considered a task lol...
Love the aroma of santan (fresh coconut milk) poured in my soto ayam...smells terrific!

Yeay gonna share the recipe in this blog post:

Ingredients:

A whole organic chicken (700-1 kg in weight), cut into 12 parts

Grind these in a mortar:
I use the Indonesian "gulekan" ...lol, Javanese style mortar made from stone, bought it in Jogjakarta, very useful and very handy too..
-6 cloves of garlic, peel the skin
-6 shallots, peel the skin
-6 candlenuts
-4 cm of turmeric, peel the skin
-3 cm of ginger, peel the skin
-6 peppercorn seed




Grind the above ingredients until it forms a paste like consistency, added also 4 Indonesian bay leaf (daun salam) and 4 kaffir lime leaf (daun jeruk) ,also 2 stems of lemongrass, and around 3 cm of galangal  (I love this part: hit the bottom white part of the lemongrass  and the galangal too, really hard with your pestle. Just imagine somebody really irritating and hit hard on the lemongrass and galangal....a really good therapy for negative emotion outlet...yeay lol :))
 use 3 tablespoon of coconut oil to stir fry until the aroma feels the air...

After the smell of your soup is so mouth watery, put the pieces of chicken inside your pot...
Add 2 Litres of filtered water , and add in also 250 ml of fresh coconut milk.  Add in also 1 tsp of sea salt and 3 tablespoon of brown sugar.

Wait until it simmers and taste it , if you feel like it needs more salt or sugar, adding it accordingly to suit your tongue! :)

Last but not least: add  finely chopped celery and leek into it... :)

Addition: you may eat this soup with boiled egg  too...

Enjoy the Indonesia style Soto Ayam (Turmeric Chicken Soup with coconut milk)

I am currently doing GAPS diet for my son, and this recipe is also GAPS proven, except the brown sugar, you can omit it to make it sugar free...

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