Javanese Curry with Chilli Sambal

4.8/5 from 14 Customers

A deliciously rich and fragrant curry with a speedy version of Indonesia’s favourite condiment - a spicy chilli sambal.

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40 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. With over 90% of the population being Muslim, chicken is often the meat of choice and here it’s featured in a deliciously rich and fragrant curry.

On the side we’ve got a speedy version of Indonesia’s favourite condiment - a spicy chilli sambal.



15 minutes

40 minutes





Low Effort

Main Ingredient




Veggie Friendly



Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Dairy Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste


Meal Taste





PASTE SPICES: Shallot, toasted coriander, turmeric, paprika, toasted cumin, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, white pepper, galangal, fennel, cassia, chilli flakes
SAMBAL SPICES: Toasted cumin, shallot, garlic, chilli, paprika

May contain traces of celery, sesame and mustard

  • 500g diced chicken (thighs are best) or 1 large aubergine for a veg version
  • 500g new potatoes 
  • 150g shallots
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 lime
  • Sliced cucumber to serve (optional)
  • 200ml full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 25ml fish sauce or soy sauce (any type) for a veg version
  • Rice for 4 to serve
  • Large lidded pan
  • Small pan
  • Blender

Product Rating (14):


Lovely non spicy curry that is full of flavour!

Cassie Addison View More

Turned out perfectly, as always Cassie!


A delicious curry which was complemented superbly by the sambal and cucumber. The potatoes were a great addition too.

Simon Croutear View More

This looks delicious Simon! Thanks for sharing and happy spicing!


Looked and tasted fantastic. A real lockdown treat. Keep safe folks.

Dean Worrall View More

Who needs to go out, hey!? Happy spicing!


Excellent change from the Indian Curries. Almost fruity taste with a lovely firey sambal. Great to have something new and different in lockdown.

Gordon Allan View More

Really glad you enjoyed it! Happy spicing!


Absolutely delicious - loved how the curry was flavoursome without being too spicy and the you could add spice to taste with the sambal. Really excited to try the other recipes now!

Sally Hiscock View More

Thanks for your feedback- glad you really enjoyed this and the customisable spicy sambal! We're looking forward to seeing your future creations, happy spicing!


Great flavoured curry balanced with the chilli Sambal. We really enjoyed making this it was very simple and quick but amazing result will definitely make this one again!

Alice Divall View More

Ooh this looks incredible- we would be super pleased if someone cooked us this delicious Javanese curry!


17-year-old Matthew Gofton cooked a cracking Javanese Curry with Chilli Sambal! The curry had a lovely authentic flavour, but could have done with a bit more heat...until we tried the sambal, which was very hot! The two therefore worked perfectly together - a great Saturday night in during lockdown!

Robin Gofton View More

Fantastic- well done Matthew! The curry looks spectacular, a great achievement!


Curry was excellent and very easy to make. Mild but plenty of flavour. Not sure if the sambal went with it but nice nonetheless.

Josh Taylor View More

We're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed this dish, and that you found it nice and simple to make too!


Delicious curry, made with aubergine. Sambal was great too. Would happily make again.

Katrina Williams View More

We're so glad to hear how much you enjoyed this dish, Katrina - happy spicing!


Prompt delivery at a reasonable price, came with a free sample :)

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Emma Whittington


Truly excellent service - great choice and super prompt delivery

Kirk Smith

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