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Ayam Masak Merah Recipe

Ayam Masak Merah Recipe - This dish has unique flavours, although it shares some basic similar spices to Chicken Curry. It is distinctively different, be it in the texture of the chicken or the tantalizing flavours in the sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Ayam Masak Merah
Servings 10 people
Calories 131 kcal


  • 2 x 0.9-1kg chicken, cut into 8 pieces/chicken
  • 20 dried chillies, soaked
  • 2 red onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 40 g ginger
  • 25 g galangal, lengkuas
  • 5 lemongrass
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 inch cinnamon
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can coconut milk (400 ml)
  • salt to taste
  • vegetable oil for deep frying plus ¼ cup extra
  • 1 cup peas, (optional)


  1. Preparing Chicken. Rub chicken with turmeric and salt. Set aside for 30 minutes. Heat up the oil in a wok and deep fry the chicken pieces until golden in colour. Set aside.

  2. Roughly chopped red onion, ginger, galangal and lemongrass, then transfer to a blender or food processors. Add in chillies and garlic. Process into a paste.

  3. Heat up the wok with ½ cup of oil. Sauté the spices : Cinnamon, star anise, cloves and cardamom until fragrant. Then add in the blended paste. Bring the heat up until the paste bubble then lower the heat. Simmer till the paste is thoroughly cooked, fragrant and the oil separates from the paste (pecah minyak). Add in canned tomato soup, coconut milk and chicken pieces. Bring up the heat for a quick boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickened. Add peas and season with salt to taste. Garnish with some spring onion before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Ayam Masak Merah Recipe
Amount Per Serving (10 people)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 383mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 12.7mg15%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.