The Opor as Served at Blue Toba in Ashland, Oregon, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Season 28.
Recipe courtesy of Blue Toba

Opor (Indonesian Candlenut Curry)

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings



  1. Boil the coconut milk in a wok or large pan over high heat. Once boiling, add the shallots, candlenut, garlic, galangal, coriander, cumin, ginger, white pepper, lime leaves, bay leaves and lemongrass. Bring back to a boil, then add the chicken. Cook until the chicken is done, about 20 minutes. Then add the sugar and salt.

Cook’s Note

Candlenuts can be difficult to find in the U.S, but not impossible. Indonesian bay leaves are known as daun salam. Do NOT use regular bay leaves, they're totally different. It's best to leave out if you cannot find Indonesian bay leaves.