Date Night in Java

4.9/5 from 7 Customers

The unique flavours of indigenous Javanese cuisine...


35 minutes

50 minutes


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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.                           


35 minutes

50 minutes





Medium Effort

Main Ingredient


Taste Profile

Meal Taste





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

Lemongrass: lemongrass       

  • 250g diced chicken (thighs are best)
  • 100g shelled prawns (any type)
  • 150g shallots or 1 medium red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ small pineapple (or 200g ready-prepared)
  • 150ml double cream
  • 200ml full fat coconut milk
  • 1 egg (any size)
  • 150g jasmine or standard long grain rice (not easy cook)
  • 198g tin of sweetcorn - drained
  • 50g peanuts (roasted and salted are fine) - roughly chopped
  • 30g cornflour
  • 90g sugar
  • Oil for frying (sunflower or vegetable oil is best)               

Product Rating (7):


Amazing curry. Loved the whole thing but the lemon grass ice cream was special

Lisa Duell View More

So happy to hear you enjoyed it Lisa! Look forward to seeing what else you make with your spiceboxes!


Our r best box so far, everything absolutely delicious and ideal time in the kitchen. Thank you Spicery.

Zoey Pozo View More

So happy you enjoyed it, those fritters look delicious!


OMG this did not disappoint! Yummy

Zoey Pozo View More

Looks delicious, glad you loved this box!


Passports packed to sample the delicious and unusual flavours. Lemongrass ice cream with tamarind flavoured fresh pineapple and cucumber finished off with caramelised nuts...who’d have thought!

Susannah Beek View More

It looks brilliant, so glad you enjoyed trying something new! Happy Spicing!


Delicious date night. We loved the lemongrass ice cream!

Katy Moore View More

That looks spectacular Katy, well done! As for the ice cream - it's amazing how something so simple works so well isn't it? Great to hear you enjoyed it so much, and hope to see your next creation on here soon!


The Bakwan Jagung (corn fritters) were brilliant, easy to do and tasy, something I wouldn't have tried without the Spicery. Also the Lemongrass ice cream with caramalised nuts and Rujak was delicious.

Andrew Hurford View More

Happy that you got to discover something new and exciting with us!


Sometimes a bit confusing to follow. But the result was well worth it. Only down side was lots of washing up for the many components for the main meal.

Sara Wynn View More

If you ever feel stuck working your way through a recipe then just give us a buzz and we'll be happy to help. Glad you enjoyed it in the end!

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