When I saw this in My Kitchen Snippets,I said "wht ? chicken rendang without coconut milk?"As I know, we cook chicken rendang need lots of ingredients like coconut milk, kerisik(toasted coconut),rempah(spices)......, at the end felt so tiring.So, as promise, I gave it a try.hhmmm...sooo delicious, we do enjoy it even without coconut milk,or kerisik(toasted coconut), rempah(spices)..... You should try this also.If you want it more spicy , can add some bird chillies.Here's the recipe I copied and modefied a bit from My Kitchen Snippets :
3 stalk lemongrass – smash it
3 kaffir lime leaves
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp kicap manis/sweet soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp tamarind pulp + ½ cup water
Sugar and salt to taste
Marinate for chicken:
1 tsp turmeric powder(I use 2 11/2inch fresh turmeric,grated)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Ground into paste:
4 green chili – cut in chunks
4 cloves garlic,peeled
Clean the chicken. Cut into small pieces. Drain dry and marinate it with turmeric powder, salt, pepper and set it aside for half an hour.
Soak the tamarind pulp in water for 15 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind pulp constantly to extract the flavor into the water. Drain the pulp and save the tamarind juice. Set it aside
Heat up some oil in a wok over medium heat and shallow fried chicken until cook and golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain the oil on paper towels.
Remove some of oil from the wok and leave about 3 tbsp of oil. Sauté the ground paste, kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass until lightly brown and fragrant. Add in the tamarind juice, soy sauce, kicap manis(dark sweet soy sauce), salt and sugar. Continue to stir until the sauce boiled.
Add in the chicken, toss and turn until it is well coated with the sauce. Check seasonings. Dish out and serve it with rice.