Ayam Rica Rica

Ayam Rica-rica (or sometimes simply called rica) is a type of Southeast Asian hot and spicy bumbu (spice mixture) found in Manado cuisine of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Rica-rica uses much chopped or ground red and green chili peppers, bird’s eye chili, shallots, garlic, ginger, and a pinch of salt and sugar. Such grounded spices are cooked in coconut oil and mixed with lime leaf, bruised lemongrass and lime juice. In Indonesia it is a popular hot and spicy seasoning to prepare barbecued meat, seafood or chicken.

It’s been a while I haven’t cooked this dish. As a kid from Manado background, my dad used to cooked this for us.
I love his ayam rica rica and I still remember he loved to put mint leaves instead of lemon basil.

RIP, Pa ❤

I N G R E D I E N T S

  • Whole Chicken
  • Lime
  • Red Chilies
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Lime Leaves
  • Lemon Grass
  • Ginger
  • Galangga
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chicken Powder

H O W T O P R E P A R E

  • Cut the chicken into pieces
  • Rub them with Lime and add a little bit salt
  • Saute the chicken for a while then take out
  • Using your food processor or a chopper, chop your chili, ginger, galanga, shallots and garlic then fry them until you’ll get the aroma.
  • Put in Lime leaves and Lemon grass, then put in your chicken
  • Cook them for about 45 minutes in the middle heat, close the lid.
  • Put it salt, pepper and chicken powder
  • If it comes up water, when the chicken is cook, put them in high heat until its simmer.
  • When its done then put Lemon Basil in and voila serve it with warm rice 😉

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