Nyonya Chicken Curry
Chicken curry is made with bone-in chicken traditionally, and curry leaves are used to infuse the chicken curry with the intense fragrance of the curry leaves.
1 Whole chicken (remove head, neck, feet and chopped into pieces)
200g Potatoes (peeled and cut into wedges)
200ml Thick coconut milk or to taste (use more if you like it “lemak”)
1 sprig Curry Leaves (use only the leaves)
1 Star arise
1 cinnamon stick
5 tbsp Oil
1 ½ cup Water
Spice Paste (ground):
3 cloves Garlic
12 Dried Chili (soaked and remove seeds)
15g Coriander seeds
20g Shrimp paste (toasted)
1 Lemongrass (white part only)
1 tbsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
Add chicken, potatoes, curry leaves and fry well. Add in water, cover the pot, braise over low heat until chicken and potatoes are cooked well.
Add the thick coconut milk, salt and sugar. Continue to simmer in low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken becomes tender. Remove and serve with white rice, bread, nasi kunyit, or roti jala.
Nyonya loves their chicken curry, or kari ayam in Malay.
When it comes to making chicken curry, I always choose the easy way out—I buy instant chicken curry paste, which is both convenient and quite tasty. However, back home in Penang, my family would always make chicken curry from scratch. Well, first of all, you just can’t beat the authentic great taste of a red-hot chicken curry (click the picture above to check out the chicken curry gallery); secondly, no instant curry mix would rival the fresh and exotic aroma of homemade spice paste of turmeric, fennel, cumin, coriander seeds, and other aromatics. So, the answer is pretty clear. If you want the best chicken curry, be prepared to spend some time in your kitchen…
Chicken curry is made with bone-in chicken traditionally, and curry leaves are used to infuse the chicken curry with the intense fragrance of the curry leaves. My family love eating chicken curry with nasi kunyit (turmeric sticky rice) but I will have to share that recipe in the future. For now, do check out this mouthwatering chicken curry recipe prepared by my sister-in-law in Penang.