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Balinese Chicken Lawar

An authentic taste of Bali. [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Notes:The cooking is easy, but there are multiple parts to this dish, so it may take a bit of time to prepare. The ingredient list is long, a common theme in many Southeast Asian dishes. Candlenuts are an Indonesian nut with a waxy texture. The flavor is mild in this dish, but the nut adds body to the sambal. If unable to find, try substituting macadamia nuts. Kaffir lime leaves impart a fragrant citrusy flavor and aroma, but you can substitute 1 teaspoon lime zest added at the end of cooking (flavor won't be quite the same though). Look for these ingredients in your local Asian grocery store.

About the author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Easy Artisan Bread. You can also watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. She presently lives in Singapore working on her new baking cookbook, and as a recipe developer for HungryGoWhere Singapore. Check out her blog,, or follow her on Twitter @yvonneruperti.

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