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
- Red Chilies
- Lime Leaves
- Lemon Grass
- 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.