The Indonesian island of Java is home to over 145 million people - a diverse population made up of mostly indigenous cultures. Over 90% of the population is Muslim so chicken and seafood are widely eaten there, with rice, corn and coconut being grown around the island. Here we have a rich chicken curry flavoured with turmeric, cassia and lemongrass served with crispy corn (jagung) fritters.
There are over 300 varieties of sambal in Indonesia - no meal would be complete without the spicy condiment! - so on the side we've got a tomato version called sambal bajak. Dessert is rujak – a sweet and sour mix of pineapple and cucumber, served with caramelised peanuts and lemongrass ice cream.
Paste Spices: shallot, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cumin, lemongrass, galangal, mild chilli flakes, fennel, cassia, kaffir lime leaf, white pepper
Whole Spices: star anise, lemongrass
Tamarind Sauce Spices: tamarind (tamarind, cornstarch), mango powder, ginger, galangal
Sambal Spices: cumin, shallot, garlic, chilli, paprika
Jagung Spices: kaffir lime leaf, ginger, mild chilli flakes, chives, garlic
Rice Spices: turmeric, coriander, cassia, star anise, nutmeg, cloves