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Malaysian Chicken Curry

Malaysian Chicken Curry


  • 2-3 lb whole chicken, cut into serving size pieces
  • 5 tbsp Malaysian meat curry powder
  • 1-2 tbsp or to taste, chili powder
  • cup cooking oil
  • 1 can coconut milk, combined with 2 cups water
  • 2 potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced

      [Items  in red to be ground or blended]

Cook's Note : This is a typical Malaysian chicken curry cooked at home. The meat curry powder used in the recipe has just the right blend of spices for an authentic 'Malaysian-tasting' Chicken Curry.

Each ethnic kitchen, however, has it's own variation. Additional ingredients may be added - whole spices of star anise, cloves or cinnamon stick, serai [lemongrass], fresh red or green chili peppers, buah keras [candlenut], tomatoes, lengkuas [galangal], kunyit [turmeric root], assam jawa [tamarind paste], fresh curry leaves, yoghurt or dried shrimp paste: belacan

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        To Prepare :

  • Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind onion, garlic and ginger into a paste
  • In a small bowl, combine meat curry powder and chili powder, add a few tbsp of water and mix into a thick paste
  • In a wok or pot, heat oil on high, add  ground paste, stir-fry until quite translucent
  • Add curry paste, reduce heat to low, stir-fry until quite toasted and oil starts to ooze from paste - do not burn!
  • Add chicken, bring heat up to med-high, stir to coat chicken well with curry paste
  • Add coconut milk, season with salt, stir well
  • Gradually bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med, simmer covered 20-25 mins, stir occasionally
  • Add potatoes, simmer uncovered, 10-15 mins until potatoes are cooked and chicken is tender
  • Turn off heat, skim off excess oil on surface
  • Serve with bread, Roti Canai, Roti Jala or steamed rice

Variation : Substitute with beef, pork, lamb, mutton, turkey or goat. Venison shanks are excellent for curry!




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