Rijsttafel is a Dutch word which can be translated to ‘Rice table’. Indonesian Rijsttafel is basically boiled rice which is served with a lot of different side dishes. I love this concept because it is possible to make it the exact way you like. The only limit is your imagination. Personally I normal make some chicken curry sauce and prepare 5-7 side dished, typically only healthy stuff like vegetables, fruit, nuts and similar. Together with boiled rice (white or brown) this is a delicious dinner I bet both you and your family will love.
This dish is easy to prepare which is why I use it on a regular basis. I have also served this dinner for guests with great success. I seems that people, and especially kids, find it funny to sit a table and put together their own dish from the many different choices. If you make sure to leave out all the greasy and fried stuff this can both be a very healthy and tasteful dinner.
In this recipe I have made a chicken curry sauce which I served with cubed apples, pineapples, red pepper, peanuts, raisins, banana, grated coconut and of course boiled rice.
Chicken Curry with Delicious Toppings
Preparation time: 1 hour
500 g (1 lb) chicken fillet cut in strips
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. chicken stock powder
2-3 tsp. curry
1 can coconut milk
4 dl (1.75 cups) milk
Maizena cornflour for thickening
Oil for frying
Step 1: Heat up a little oil or butter in a saucepan and add the curry paste. Stir.
Step 2: Add the diced onions and fry until they are softened.
Step 3: Add the chicken strips and fry them till they are approximately 90% done.
Step 4: Add the coconut milk, milk and the chicken stock. Let is simmer for about 10-15 minutes (Use this time to prepare the side dishes).
Step 5: Use the Maizena cornflour to thicken the sauce as you like it and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve with boiled rise and some of your favorite side dishes. As an inspiration you can use the list below.
Ideas for delicious toppings:
– Banana, sliced
– Apple, diced
– Pineapples, diced
– Tangerines, diced
– Coconut, grated
– Mango chutney
– Peber, diced
– Bamboo shoots
– bean sprouts
By Kim Nielsen