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Kare Kambing (Indonesian Style Lamb Curry)

>> Monday, July 7, 2008

This one is all time fav of my better half. He will ask for it whenever I told him that I'm going to buy lamb meat :) He also promoted it to my mom and promised her that I will cook it for her. He is good, isn't he!

As a good wife, I kept his promise to my mom by cooking this food. Again I have to reduce the amount of chili using in this recipe, because I did not want my family suffer from diarrhea. See, I'm not only a good wife, but a good daughter, sister and auntie as well (even I added potatoes as they wanted to have this curry with potato) .

For you my dear friend, I write you the one with lots of chilies. I know you will survive :)

By the way, actually kambing is goat in English, while lamb is domba in Bahasa Indonesia. But since in Germany is easier to find lamb than goat, and kare kambing sounds better than kare domba, I stick with kare kambing while translate it into lamb curry. Name is not the issue here, but the taste is. My mom likes it and so does my sister and niece. Houaiissssssssssss!


1 kg lamb meat (I used lamb rib), cut as desired
5 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed (optional)
300 ml thick coconut milk
1 l light coconut milk (250 ml thick coconut milk + 750 ml water)
4 cardamoms
5 cloves
1 lemongrass, bruised
2 lime kaffir leaves
3 dried Indoensian bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 dried asam kandis (Garcinia xanthochymus) - substitution: tamarind paste
Cooking oil for stir frying

Spices, grind:
1 tsp nutmeg powder
4 cloves of garlic
8 red onions
1 knucklebone ginger (ca. 2 cm)
1½ tsp turmeric powder
3 candlenuts, toast in oven/microwave
7 red chilies (can be reduced)
2½ tsp galangal powder
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp white pepper powder
Salt and sugar as needed

1. Heat oil in a wok pan. Sauté ground spices until cooked and fragrant. Pour into light coconut milk, let it boil.
2. Fold in lamb meat and other ingredients (except thick coconut milk). Cook over moderate heat until the gravy reduce to half.
3. Add thick coconut milk and stir occasionally until the meat become soft. Remove from the heat.
4. Serve while hot with rice cake/steamed rice/roti jala (net bread) and garnish with fried red onion. Lecker!


Elsye July 7, 2008 at 6:30 AM  

walau gue bukan pecinta kambing tapi tetep ngeces liat ini :P

Lidia Sianturi July 7, 2008 at 1:23 PM  

yum yum Fa...mau dong...kbetulan blom masak hari ini..

Dita July 7, 2008 at 8:02 PM  

duh uenaknya dimakan pake kupat ato lontong *slurrpp*

Sheila July 8, 2008 at 12:36 AM  

Waks, jadi inget kalo gue masih punya persediaan kambing di freezer. Hmm...bukan kambing sih, tapi domba. Pengen dibikin kare ah. Resepnya ya, Say ;)

Fitri July 9, 2008 at 5:28 AM  

wudauuuuuuuuuh..kariiiiiii..!! pengeen.. , poto yang pertama emang yang udah paling keren deh..

Retno Prihadana July 9, 2008 at 8:22 AM  

Wahhh...liat kare kambing jadi pengen, inget gule kambing bikinan ibuku :). Beberapa minggu lagi bakal nyicipin deh aku ^_^

monica July 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM  

I love your blogs name, and this lamb curry must be delicious!

sefa firdaus July 11, 2008 at 10:14 PM  

@Elsye: gak harus jadi pencinta kok buat nyobanya Els ;)

@Lidia: sama dong Lid.. aku juga belom masak :D

@Dita: betul banget... makan pake ketupat paling mantep, berasa lebaran :D

@Sheila: sori ya Sheil, resepnya lama... males update soalnya :D

@Fitri: hihihih... udah ngintip fotonya di MP ya :)

@Retno: ihiks, senangnya ya mau pulkam... salam ya Mbak buat makanan enak :))

@Monica: thanks a lot Monica and yes, this lamb curry is really delicious.. you have to try it :)

A.G July 12, 2008 at 9:01 AM  

kambing lg mahal Sef hiks :( nunggu autum yg murahan :D

sefa firdaus July 12, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

disana emang harganya tergantung musim Yin? disini mah sama aja deh kayaknya

Lore July 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM  

I've become quite interested in curries lately but I've never cooked one. This looks delicious!

Mochachocolata Rita July 14, 2008 at 11:51 AM  

sef, daku pengen bikin gule otak...dimana ya beli otaknya...atau pake otak udang (otak daku) HAHAHA

sefa firdaus July 16, 2008 at 8:07 AM  

@Lore: if you are interested in curries.. so this Lamb Curry is a must try for you ;)

@Rita: beli otak sapi.. coba deh tanya sama yg jualan daging, siapa tau bisa mesen :)

wakakakakaka... sama dong, daku juga semakin tua semakin otak udang nih :D

Sheila July 18, 2008 at 12:52 AM  

Sefaaaa! Thanks resepnya ya Say :). Gue ngakak baca kata2 lo ttg si cabe :). Sayangnya gue harus ganti paprika merah, Fa. Kasian nanti anak2 gue...hehehe. Tapi lucunya, setiap gue & suami makan cabe, anak gue yg plg gede bilang gini, "Kalau aku udah gede, aku juga makan cabe!" Nadanya itu loh, kayak memerintah :D.
Eniwei, gue kudu beli cardamon dulu nih. Eh, belinya di supermarket biasa atau mesti ke toko Asia nih?

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