Simply Cook Balinese Curry

In this article you will see how to simply cook Balinese Curry is one such dish that deserves praise for its delicious taste and complex flavours, which leaves you craving for more.

Bali, a beautiful island in Indonesia, is more than just a paradise with its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage. It’s also a haven for food enthusiasts who crave unique and mouthwatering dishes.

As a seasoned traveler and someone who has been to Bali multiple times, I can tell you that one of the things that make this place unforgettable is its delectable cuisine.

What is Balinese Curry?

You might be wondering what sets Balinese Curry apart from the countless other curry dishes found across Asia.

Well, the uniqueness of Balinese Curry lies in its traditional preparation and the blend of aromatic spices used to achieve the perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and savory flavors.

Balinese Curry boasts an array of rich flavors that stem from an assortment of fresh ingredients such as lemongrass, shallots, galangal (a ginger-like root), garlic, chilies, kaffir lime leaves, and shrimp paste.

Each ingredient contributes to the dish’s distinct taste profile that will transport your taste buds straight to Bali.

Why you need to simply cook Balinese Curry at home

During my travels to Bali, I have had the pleasure of indulging in this exotic dish several times at various local eateries. The desire to relive those precious memories led me on a quest to recreate this flavorful curry right in my own kitchen.

The beauty of cooking Balinese Curry lies in its simplicity – once you have gathered all your ingredients, the process becomes quite straightforward.

Besides satisfying your cravings for this delightful dish, preparing it at home also allows you to share your love for Balinese cuisine with your friends and family.

Ingredients for a delicious and authentic Balinese Curry

To make an authentic Balinese Curry at home, you’ll need:

  1. Protein of your choice – chicken, beef, fish, tofu, or vegetables
  2. Lemongrass
  3. Shallots
  4. Galangal (substitute with ginger if unavailable)
  5. Garlic
  6. Red chilies (adjust the spice level to your liking)
  7. Kaffir lime leaves
  8. Shrimp paste (substitute with soy sauce for a vegetarian/vegan option)
  9. Coconut milk
  10. Palm sugar (substitute with brown sugar)
  11. Salt

You should be able to find most of these ingredients in an Asian grocery store or the international aisle of your local supermarket.

Step-by-step guide on how to cook Balinese Curry

Follow these simple instructions to prepare a delicious and authentic Balinese Curry:

  1. Blend lemongrass, shallots, galangal, garlic, red chilies, and shrimp paste in a food processor or mortar and pestle until they form a smooth paste.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat and sauté the spice paste until it becomes fragrant.
  3. Add your protein of choice and cook until it’s partially cooked through.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the curry to a simmer.
  5. Add kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar, and salt to taste.
  6. Let the curry simmer gently until your protein is fully cooked, adjusting the seasoning as needed.

Serving suggestions for your homemade Balinese Curry

Traditionally, Balinese Curry is served alongside steamed jasmine rice which helps to soak up the delicious sauce while providing a contrasting texture.

To elevate your dining experience further, you can also pair your homemade curry with other popular Balinese dishes like Gado-Gado (an Indonesian vegetable salad served with peanut sauce), satay skewers, or crispy tempeh.

For presentation purposes, consider serving your curry in a traditional banana leaf bowl or simply garnish the dish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges to add a pop of color.

Exploring more of Bali’s culinary delights

Balinese cuisine extends far beyond just curry dishes, offering a plethora of flavors and textures for you to experience.

Some other popular dishes worth trying include Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice), Bebek Betutu (slow-cooked spiced duck), and Babi Guling (Balinese roast pig).

With an open mind and adventurous palate, you can discover many more Balinese culinary treats that will leave you with cherished memories of this beautiful island paradise.


Cooking your favorite dishes from travel experiences is a wonderful way to relive those memories and share them with your loved ones.

I encourage you to embark on this culinary adventure and create your very own simple, yet delicious, Balinese Curry at home.

With its irresistible blend of flavors, it’s sure to become a favorite among your family and friends. So go ahead, unleash your inner chef, and bring the taste of Bali right into your kitchen!

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Luca and Melisa, a couple from Australia with a love for Bali and Cooking.

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