Balinese Chicken and Coconut Meatballs- Sate Lilit Ayam

Note: this dish is best served as part of the Balinese Feast, which also includes Balinese basic spice base- Base Gede, Sate Sauce- from scratch, Balinese Coconut Chicken Curry- Kare Ayam, and Snake Bean and Coconut Salad- Jukut Urab

  • 500g minced chicken
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup Balinese basic spice sauce
  • 2 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 tsp tamarind juice/paste
  • Canola oil

1. In a bowl combine chicken, coconut, spice sauce, palm sugar and tamarind 


2. Using your hands, form balls with approximately 3tbs of the mixture 


3. Use your hands to coat the balls lightly in oil, then place on a baking tray


4. Cook in an oven at 180C for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with Sate Sauce

a word from the dietitian...

Although the Glycaemic Index for palm sugar is not included in the University of Sydney’s GI Database, the largest database of GI food values in the world, palm sugar makers report that its GI is 35, compared with honey at 55 and table sugar at 68. Whilst no studies have been conducted yet to determine if it helps people control blood sugar levels, it is interesting to consider that not all sugars are considered equal from a blood sugar point of view