Learn how to make Ayam Bakar Sambal Andaliman in 4 simple steps and tips to ensure you can replicate the recipe at home successfully.
I can tell you that there are many Indonesian foods that I’ve never even tasted myself despite the fact that I was born and raised there for the first 17 years of my life. Different cities, different ethnic groups, different islands have cultures and traditional recipes of their own. Sambal andaliman is originated from the Batak ethnic group who lives in the city of North Tapanuli in North Sumatra, which is not too far from the city I grew up in, Medan.
WHAT IS ANDALIMAN ?
Andaliman is very similar to the popular Sichuan peppercorns we know these days, though of different species according to wikipedia. It has that same numbing property but with more lemony tone similar to lemongrass.
SUBSTITUTE FOR ANDALIMAN
I used dried Sichuan peppercorns to substitute for andaliman in this recipe because andaliman is not available here in Minnesota, not that I know of!
WHAT TO SERVE SAMBAL ANDALIMAN WITH
Traditionally, the Batak people serve sambal andaliman with their roast pork. I can eat sambal andaliman with pretty much anything 🙂 I love it with fish, chicken, beef or even with my salad.
Shown here in the photo, I served the rice with nasi pandan wangi. You can serve it with just plain cooked white rice/brown rice. It’s up to you.
HERE ARE 4 SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKE BOTH THE AYAM BAKAR AND SAMBAL ANDALIMAN
STEP 1 – MAKE SAMBAL ANDALIMAN
Sambal andaliman is usually made with fresh andaliman in Indonesia. The fresh andaliman is green in color. There is also the dried version, which is dark brown in color like dried Sichuan peppercorns. Either one will work for this recipe. As I mentioned before, I substituted andaliman with dried Sichuan peppercorns.
1. ROAST THE PEPPERCORNS FIRST
Roasting the peppercorns REALLy deepen the aroma further. I know it’s an extra step, but it’s so worth it though!
2. GRIND THE INGREDIENTS
After roasting the peppercorns, grind them along with other ingredients to form a coarse paste. You can grind it fine too, but the coarse paste makes the sambal looks more rustic.
3. STIR FRY
The paste is then stir fry with cooking oil until aromatic.
STEP 2 – MARINATE THE CHICKEN
Actually there are two ways you can do this.
Non-spicy Chicken version: I made the ayam bakar not spicy because sambal andaliman is too spicy for my kids. So I serve them separately.
Spicy version: Smother the ayam bakar with sambal andaliman and then broil them and serve with more andaliman on the side.
Either way, the process of making ayam bakar sambal andaliman is still the same. Here’s how:
Marinade for at least 1 hour. If you have time go for overnight.
STEP 3- PRESSURE COOK THE CHICKEN
Most traditional Indonesian recipes will ask you to boil the chicken first and then broil or fry or grill. I like to pressure cook it because I feel like boiling the chicken will make the chicken lose much of its taste. All the good stuff goes to the liquid, which we don’t use in this recipe! You see what I mean?
So pressure cook the chicken will help to keep that good taste and convenient too. Only 15 minutes of pressure cooking.
STEP 4- BROIL THE CHICKEN
I chose to broil the chicken. You can grill them too, or even stop at pressure cooking. For non-spicy version, brush the chicken with a bit of cooking oil and then broil until golden brown and serve with sambal on the side. For spicy version, brush the chicken with some of the sambal andaliman and then broil until nicely golden brown and serve with sambal andaliman on the side.
It’s not that hard, isn’t it? You can make the sambal andaliman in a big batch and freeze them in smaller portion too. They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week, but can be kept for months in the freezer.
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For baking/ kueh making: I highly encourage to weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.GRAMS TO CUPS CONVERSION (UNSIFTED)
- 3 lbs bone-in chicken pieces - I use drumsticks
- 3 Tbsp cooking oil - divided
To marinade chicken:
- 3 cloves garlic - peeled
- 5 shallots - peeled
- 1 Tbsp kecap manis - (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
- 1 tsp salt
Marinade the chicken:
- Place all ingredients for chicken marinade in food processor and process into a coarse paste. Rub this paste all over the chicken and let them marinade for at least 1 hour or overnight if you have the time
Cook the chicken with Instant pot pressure cooker:
- Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of instant pot. Place a heat-proof collapsible steamer basket in there and arrange the chicken pieces on top. Close the lid and turn pressure release valve to sealing. Press pressure cooker, high pressure and set timer to 15 minutes
- Once the timer is done, release pressure immediately and carefully unlock the lid and carefully remove the steamer basket
Roast the andaliman:
- While chicken is cooking, prepare the andaliman. Place the andaliman on a dry pan and roast over medium heat until fragrant and slightly darkened, about 2 minutes. Let them cool down and then grind them into powder with dry mill
Prepare sambal andaliman:
- Place all ingredients for sambal andaliman in food processor and process into a coarse paste
- Preheat a medium skillet. Add 2 Tbsp cooking oil. Add the sambal andaliman and stir fry until the sambal turn slightly darken and you can smell the amazing aroma, about 5 minutes or so. Remove from the heat
Broil the chicken (non-spicy version):
- Set the broiler on low heat. Arrange the chicken pieces on a baking sheet lined with aluminum sheet. Have about 1 Tbsp of cooking oil and brush with a bit of oil and then place inside the oven, on the top rack and let the chicken broil until nicely golden brown. Take care not to burn the chicken pieces
Broil the chicken (spicy version):
- Smother the pressure-cooked chicken with some sambal andaliman and then broil until nicely golden brown and serve with more andaliman sauce on the side