Monday, February 21, 2011

Nyonya Curry Chicken

This is one of the best curry chicken i ever had..infact i love the many versions of curry chicken; be it indian style , chinese style or malay style. I learnt this from a relative of mine but as we know, home style chinese cooking doesnt really have a proper recipe or exact amount of what to put in so i just tried my best to cook like hers..knowing what the ingredients are. This is a replicate version of her nyonya style curry chicken, very aromatic and i know one of the ingredient that makes it so aromatic is the kerisik, that we call pounded toasted grated coconut , we can easily get this from the wet market or supermarkets. Together with the coconut milk, this curry chicken is wonderfully fragrant. You can always adjust the amount of coconut milk if you prefer less creamy may think this is a bit unhealthy dish but to have this once in a while, it's really no big deal.

 1 small whole chicken, (mine approx 800gm after cutting into pieces)
 2 star anise
 1 cinnamon stick
 150gm thick coconut milk
 50gm kerisik
 80gm chilli boh ( chilli paste)
 2 blades pandan leaves, knotted
 6 tbsps of cooking oil
 salt and sugar to taste
 chicken seasoning powder ( optional)

Pounded ingredients:
big onions - 100gm
small onions/shallots - 50gm
garlic- 30gm
kunyit- 1 small piece, thumbsized
lemongrass - 2 stalks, white parts only
dry prawns - a small handful
belacan -  about 1"x1"

1. Pour oil into a wok over low fire and saute pounded ingredients until fragrant.  Add in chilli boh and continue frying , this process takes about 10 minutes.
2.Add in star anise and pandan leaves and cook for 3 minutes
3.Add in the kerisik and the chicken. Keep tossing and stirring, adjust to medium-high fire and pour in some coconut milk or add a little water if you find it too dry and cook for a few minutes, add in the balance of thick coconut milk, stir them around and let simmer until chicken is tender.
4. Lastly, add salt and sugar to taste. You can also add in some chicken seasoning powder here.

I am submitting this post to 3 hungry tummies for the Muhibbah Malaysian Monday Event


  1. *slurps* can i have a plate of this for my lunch?

  2. This looks so fantastic! I'd use coconut flavoured evaporated milk (fat free) so I could have this more often. Your photos of it are great. I'm bookmarking this so I can treat my family!

  3. Yum!! I love curry chicken! I will definitely have to give this recipe a try! :)

  4. cm akan cuba recipe ini today:)thanks Lena

  5. screw the calories, it's okay to indulge once in a while, especially when it comes to this mouthwatering dish.

  6. OMG lena! this is really making me hungry! i love curry chicken! psst, put the unhealthy facts aside for good food like this is worth it! (: (:

  7. This looks so yummy! I'll definitely have two bowls of rice with this! Delicious!

  8. Oh no big deal, definately no big deal for me.
    Can I have the whole plate to myself? Hahaha!!!

  9. I don't follow the exact measurement as well. Yours look really good. I bet it's must be so fragrant and flavourful. Just trying to imagine the flavour right now and keep salivate! haha... Happy Monday and have a great week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

  10. Salivating already! Looks so yummy, Lena! Btw have you seen my email?

  11. Lena....I am hungry again after looking at your curry chicken :p should have drop by your place to have second round :)

  12. This looks soooo good! SO good. I feel like I can almost smell it from here lol. It must taste delicious! I am drooling over your photos and getting hungrier by the minute!

  13. Like you I like any type of curries. I look so good and I can imagine eating it with some nasi lemak or roti canai :)

  14. wow, Lena I hope I'm only next door to you, so I can always walk to your door for dinner :D

  15. Lena, I can definitely can eat extra rice with your delicious curry chicken. How about dipping some bread into the curry sauce? Very nice...

  16. Ooo, this chicken looks mouth wateringly delicious. I don't think some of the ingredients are available to me though!

  17. i can just imagine spooning this over my rice! With extra gravy pls!

  18. I adore curry chicken, but I've never made my own. I want this for dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing your words and this recipe. And thank you for your kind thoughts on my own blog. I appreciate you!

  19. Your chicken sounds wonderful and it certainly sounds delicious. I'll wager everyone fortunate enough to be at your table really enjoyed this. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  20. These chicken is definitely finger-licking good! Oh no! My tummy is making noises now...

  21. looks so inviting! Just gimme a big plate of rice with this and I'll be a very happy man!

    Can replace kerisik with just dessicated coconut or toasted grated coconut? Not sure if I know where to find it. :/

  22. Lena, I love this curry chicken, so yummy! I need some toasted bread to go with it.

  23. jesskitchen- take lah..

    brittany- yes, you can use evaporated milk in replacement of curry though i have not tried cooking curry with it.

    sweet peas- try it someday!

    cikmanggis- harap cm akan suka kari ayam ini.

    jean, yup when i eat this, i'll nvr think abt the caloris going in.

    sweety- eat first, worry later..haha!

    kitchenflavours- myself 3 bowls!

    wendy: no big deal at all, after all we are also quite used to eating curry..

    kristy: it's very difficult even to put the amount of ingredients agak agak

    cheah: hope to meet up.

    elin: you're welcomed to my hse anytime!

    sharon , thanks for your nice comments. Wish i cld serve you this right away!

    ic4f- yes, with nasilemak..delicious!

    tze - i'm thinking of your souffle now..

    ann- dipping bread into the curry would not be a idea

    roxan: yeah, maybe it's a problem to get the kerisik there unless you want to do it yourself.

  24. crustabakes- yeah, so good with rice even with just the gravy..

    monet: thanks for dropping by..i wld like to make your lemon rolls someday!

    mary: curry chicken is one of the fav dish in Malaysia and there are many types of cooking the curry. This is a bit similiar to the chicken rendang

    zoe: you're so funny!

    travellingfoodies: hi, nice to meet you. I shall reply you in your blog.

    nyeeloh:ok, serve right away..haha!

    Jess, thank you. it would be nice to go with bread too but could be a bit spicy!

  25. I love curry-flavored wings. Your has much flavors. I will try yours out.

  26. speaking of nyonya dishes... i can't help feeling the 'lemak' taste of the gravy...

  27. Lena, lovely chicken it, specially when serve with a bowl of white yummie!

  28. yumm..truly a classic dish!! My goal this year is to make curry from scratch and this looks like something i can try out!

  29. Hi Lena, this is a real masterpiece, the ultimate in chicken curry!
    Looking at it, I can practically get the delicious aroma of the ingredients you used.
    I have copied your recipe give my wife to try out next day.

    Oh ya, copied your very clear picture too.
    Will display it when next post about food.

    Lena, this chicken curry is simply outstanding!
    You a Nyonya?
    I think 3 plates of rice with this curry will be fine, haha.
    You are good!
    Best regards, Lee.

  30. Lena, this is such a scrumptious looking curry chicken...dry version, my fave! Yum! Salivating.....I can never say no to this....

  31. This is fantastic chicken curry! Finger-licking-good, I am sure! With steamed rice, I would have to use my hands to eat this! Love the pandan flavor and the belecan! Delicious!!!!!!!

  32. This looks like a PERFECT chicken recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

  33. Hi Lena,

    Thank you for dropping by my blog. I'm glad you left your link so that I could find your blog. This curry chicken looks wonderful. The combo in the ingredients list sounds fantastic and very authentic. So true about Chinese cooking, no exactl measurements. When I learn dishes, I always irritate people by trying to get exact measurements. Teehee. My excuse is that it's for my blog and then they usually understand :-D

  34. Wow this look absolutely delicious!! gloria

  35. hi edith: terima kasih!

    victor: hope you will like that!

    chris: yes, this is very "lemak"

    hi juliana, yes infact most malaysians love chicken curry and best to served with rice.

    daphne: i'll be looking forward to your curry dishes. your tom yum dish looks very good!

    uncle lee: I;m sure you will enjoy this very much , hope that your wife can get theingredients over there.

    honey bee: me too, whenever i see curry chicken, i just cant miss that!

    arthur:oh yes, people said to eat rice with hands is even more tastier!!

    nourhan: thanks for visiting, i shall hop over to your blog soon!

    lequan: so true somtimes that will irritate people, they will say 'aiyah, just agak agak" oh, are you malaysian? agak2 means simply estimate!

    hi gloria: thank you!nice seeing you here.

  36. Hi Lena :)

    Was visiting ur blog from Reana's blog :)And followed, too :) I love this chicken curry!

    I'm tweeting it! (My Twitter ID : KenMAHD)

  37. Absolutely stunning recipe..chanced upon your space while blog hopping..fantastic space you have.
    glad to follow u..
    do drop by mine sometime..:D
    Tasty appetite

  38. the look of this chicken curry. I can eat a big plate of rice with this :D

  39. Wish I hadn't read this on an empty stomach :) Have intense hunger pangs looks so good. Thanks for another great submission.