Resep Palumara Ulu Juku, Spicy Red Snapper Fish Soup Recipe with Tomato, Chilli, Tamarind, Lemongrass and Turmeric-based Seasoning

palumara red snapper fish head soup turmeric yellow ikan bumbu kuning

Palumara Spicy Red Snapper Fsh Head Soup with Turmeric-based Broth (Ikan Kuah Kuning)

Palumara ulu juku is a savoury light turmeric-based fish (head) soup that not really popular in Indonesia. Palumara in Makassar natives language refers to a soup dish while ulu juku means fish head. Palumara is a light and refreshing turmeric based fish soup with a pleasant hot, spicy, and tangy broth but not as kickin as Fish Head Asam Laksa (Malaysian Spicy and Sour Noodle Soup with Grouper Fish Head). Palumara is a popular soup across southern Sulawesi (Celebes) island, especially in Makasaar and Palu. Palumara ulu juku origin is not really known, but it well know  as ikan kuah kuning or yellowish turmeric-based broth fish soup.

resep palumara makasar ikan kakap ulu juku

Resep Palumara Ulu Juku Khas Makassar dan Palu

This spicy red snapper fish basic  broth seasoning was chilli, garlic and shallot.  Asam jawa (tamarind) paste and sometimes belimbing wuluh (bilimbi) or asam potong (garcinia) added to give a tangy or sour after taste. Kunyit (turmeric) root and leaves is one of the most important ingredients for palumara broth,it gives vivid yellow color and nice scent to melt down the fishy after taste from the broth. Since palumara fish soup recipe is not contain any coconut milk like Gulai Ikan (Indonesian Fish Curry) and Woku Ikan Belanga Khas Manado (Manadonese Spicy Fish Curry Soup).The creamy flavour of palumara ulu juku is purely derived from grounded kemiri (candle nut). You can sautee the spice paste before adding the water if you like, but eversince i concern about my weight issue, i prefer not using any oil within this recipe. That’s why all the ingredientswithin this recipe  is simply boiled.

resep palumara ulu juku palu kepala ikan kakap kuah kuning

Resep Palumara Ulu Juku (Sup Kepala Ikan Kakap Kuah Kuning)

Resep palumara usually using ikan kakap (red snapper), but ikan bandeng (milk fish), ikan ekor kuning (yellowtail) and also ikan kerapu (grouper) is commonly used too. Palumara ulu juku using a rather a large fish head, the caltilagous bone and also soft tissues in the head that slowly simmered in the spicy broth released it’s collagen  and made a rich and naturally savoury broth. This made palumara ulu juku fish soup is special, just perfect to serve in a rainy days from october to march in Indonesia.

spicy red snapper fish head soup recipe tomato chilli lime lemongrass palumara ulu juku

Spicy Red Snapper Fish Head Soup Recipe with Tomato, Chilli, Tamrind, Lemongrass and Turmeric-based Seasoning (Palumara Ulu Juku)

Fish Soup recipe palumara ulu juku sup kelapa kakap

Resep Sup Kepala Ikan Kakap Merah Kuah Kuning (Palumara Ulu Juku)

Palumara ulu juku or spicy red snapper fish soup is a very healthy, refreshing, low in calories but contain essestial protein and amino acid and the most important thing it’s  tasty. Light broth fish soup with many herbs and spice infussion is an Indonesian signture. My asian descent taste buds like almost anyting as long it’s tasty, spicy and preferly hot. Note that tangy or sour is mostly pleasant flavour for any seafood too, including this fish soup.

Resep Palumara Ulu Juku :

(Spicy Red Snapper Fish Soup Recipe with Tomato, Chilli, Tamrind, Lemongrass and Turmeric-based Seasoning)


  • 1 kg whole red snapper fish/or the head (ikan  kakap merah), cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp lime juice  (air jeruk nipis) for marinade the fish
  • 6 shallots (bawang merah), thinly slice
  • 6 cloves garlic (bawang putih)
  • 2 tomato (tomat), diced
  • 6 red cayenne chilli pepper (cabe merah), crosswisely sliced
  • 3 green cayenne chilli pepper (cabe hijau), crosswisely sliced
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste (asam jawa)
  • 1 bilimbi (belimbing wuluh), crosswisely sliced
  • 1 turmeric leaf (daun kunyit), tide up or thinly slice
  • salt, sugar, white pepper to taste
  • 2 L water (air)

Bumbu Palumara (Spice paste):

  • 3 shallots (bawang merah)
  • 2  cloves garlic (bawang putih)
  • 2 lemongrass, only using the soft white inner part (sereh)
  • 3 cm turmeric (kunyit)
  • 2 cm ginger (jahe)
  • 3 candle nuts (kemiri)


  • Season red snapper fish with salt and lime juice, let it marinade 30 minutes on fridge, set aside, drained
  • Bring  the spice paste, water  and all the rest of the ingredients (instead the fish) to boil
  • Once the mixture is boiling, add the red snapper fish, bring it to boil again, season with salt, saugar and white peppercorn
  • Simmer and let the broth thicken for about 10-15 minutes
  • Served with daun kemangi (lemon basil leaves)

You May Also Like (Click!)

resep woku ikan belanga goropa kerapu spicy fish soupsweet sour lobster chilli tomato sauce spicy singapore sauceresepi laksa ketam crab curry rice noodle soup malaysian

Asam laksa fish head recipe malaysian spicy noodle souproasted lobster butter garlic ginger soy sauce reciperesep gulai ikan padang batak medan

spicy chilli crab recipe singapore chilli crabOctopus chilli garlic spicy reciperesep pepes tempoyak ikan pedas brengkes durian palembang

deep fried fish chilli sauce lemongrass vietmanese spicy sauceresep tumis bunga pepaya ikan cakalang fufu asapyong tou foo recipe tofu stuffed  fish paste recipe

resep udang ronggeng lada garam udang lipan cereal butter  saucebeef rendang recipe resep rendang padangmantis shrimp recipe black pepper mantis prawn

resep arsik ikan mas batak toba mandailing enak pedassteamed fish with egg white ginkgo biloba nuts rice wine hongkong style steam fishresep ikan bakar rica sambal dabu-dabu mentah grill fish

claypot chicken mushrooms recipe sea cucumber haisom claypot chicken braised chinese restaurant chicken tofu recipegabus pucung resep betawi ikan gabus pucungcrispy deep fried squid beer batter calamari recipe fish and chips

abalone porridge recipe korea rice porridge  abalonesea snail spicy chilli sauce recipe kerang macan cili api pedasblackened salmon recipe how to blackened salmon fillet

grilled lamb leg recipe with spicy sauce salsa balinese sambal matahtinola chicken recipe soup philliphine ginger green papaya chili leavesresep ikan bakar mudah sambal rawit dentist chef

steamed glutinous rice dimsum wrap lotus leaves lo mai gai recipe chinese dimsumstew fish maw stuffed minced meat recipe chinese hipiobaked scallop cheese herbs recipe

resep abalone angsio abalone saus tiram resep imlek abalonescallop steamed scallop blackbean tausi sauce glass noodle vermicelli recipeRecipe steam soon hock taucho  preserved soybean paste miso

chicken kebab recipe tomato mint salsa thai dipping sauce recipejellyfish salad recipe salad ubur ubur resep koreaabalone porridge recipe korea rice porridge  abalone

stir fry long bean minced meat chicken beef pork sauceroast pigeon recipe chinese style szechuan five spiceTEA SMOKED DUCK RECIPE ZHANGCHA DUCK  HOW TO SMOKE DUCK BREAST DENTIST CHEF

Szecuan Lamb Satayresep ayam pengemis kampung  sincia tahun baru cinbeggar chicken step by stepblack garlic recipe how to cook scallop seared asian korean style