Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ayam Masak Merah and Garlic Rice




As I seldom cook, so normally when I see any recipe with long list of ingredients, ingredient names that are not familiar e..g spices, many steps, I will back out. Always think that it will be too complicated and difficult for me to handle.

I had longed saw this Ayam Masak Merah posted by many bloggers, although the beautiful photos of the chicken making me drooling but I never thought of cooking myself. Until I saw Mandy posted and said that she is not so good in cooking but still can manage this dish. Although sometimes cannot totally "trust" the words as many of them are too 谦虚 (modest) lol, but this comment did made me seriously looked at the ingredients list and the steps so finally decided to give it a try.

Recipe adapted and reference from Table For Two And More, 揾到食, Butter Flour And Me, Eileen's Dairy

Ayam Masak Merah
Ingredients : (for 6 adults and 2 children)
7 maryland chicken, halve it (about 1.7kg)
3 potatoes, cut into 4-6 pieces
2 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric powder
Dash of pepper

6 shallots
4 cloves of garlic
2 cm ginger
4 red chilli

4 inches cinnamon
6 cloves (bunga cengkih)
6 cardamoms (buah pelaga)
2 red onion sliced

1 cup tomato ketchup
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar

2 cup green pea (I omitted)

 Method :
1. Marinate chicken with salt, turmeric and pepper for at least 30 minutes.
2. Mill shallots, ginger, garlic and chilli.
3. Heat wok and put in ½ cup of oil.
Pan fry potatoes till a bit soften and dish up.
4. Pan fry chicken pieces until the skin turns golden and dish up. It’s ok if the chicken is not cooked thoroughly and still oozes some blood. 
5. Pour away some of the oil, leaving behind about 2-3 tbsp of oil.
6. Saute the milled ingredients on medium heat until it looks glossy, put in dry spices and sliced onion and continue to sauté until the onions looks translucent and wilts.
7. Put in the rest of the ingredients. Return potatoes and chicken into the wok to cook until the gravy reduces to preferred amount.
8. Put in green peas and let it cook for a while. Dish up and serve.

* do not reduce the gravy too much, it is good to mix with rice or dip with bread.
* I cooked twice, once with only 2 chilli and another time added in 2 additional bird's eye chilli (cili padi), both not spicy.

Garlic Rice

Ingredients :
2 cup basmathi rice (I used normal rice so the texture will be more soft)
4 cups water
10 large cloves of garlic, grated
2 heaped Tbsp grated carrots
1 tsp salt
2 tsp butter
Small pinch of turmeric powder for colour

Method :
1. Wash the rice. Drain well.
2. Put everything together and cook.
3. Fluff rice with chopsticks before serving.

* serve it while hot if not the garlic smell will not be as fragrance

Do not deceived by the look of the chicken, although the color is very red and looks very spicy but it is not, the taste is sweet instead. Even my 3 years old can eat although he did say is spicy but he managed to finish all the chicken and potatoes given to him, dear daughter said not spicy at all. All given thumbs up to this delicious dish :D.

This post is linked to the event (July 2014 : Potato), Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted byJasline (Foodie Baker)


  1. 哇,很诱人。。你好坏,这个时候上这个,搞到我的肚子提早打鼓了。。哈哈

  2. 哎哟。。。。。。 很饿。很饿。好棒的菜肴。

  3. Yummy and beautifully dished out....

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  4. It looks delicious, Jess! I have not cooked this dish in ages, looking at yours, is making me crave for it again!

  5. Jess, you did very well! Beautiful presentation and so delicious!

  6. 没骗你hor,很好吃是吗? 哈哈哈哈。。
    看到了我又想吃了。。may i have。。。嘻嘻!

  7. 这样的配合,我可以吃很大盘的饭叻,嘻嘻!

  8. Beautiful presentation and it looks very tasty and packed full of flavours too. Excellent!

  9. If too complicated and difficult , me will be no thank you...

  10. wahhh this looks so sedap! not easy to pull it off :)

  11. Hi Jess, this looks delicious! My mouth was watering as I looked at your photos...

  12. 香辣辣的, 我也可以吃很大碗的饭, 哈哈!

  13. With such tempting ayam masak merah, easiy i can wallop the rice, especially with the yummy gravy.

  14. Looking at your photos make me drool....I would love to try it!

  15. Hi Jess,

    Your 3 yo likes this beautiful dish... I hope that my boy can handle the mild heat of this dish too :D


  16. Hi Jess, I will definitely give you a thumbs up for this dish, looks super delicious!

  17. Hi Jess, Your beautiful pics and delicious dish make me hungry! Slurp!!

  18. Hi Jess, your curry looks sooo good, even better with the rice. Must be good with fresh bread. Nice.

  19. you just remind me I have quite long did not cook ayam masak merah, but my version very simple as no spices are added..Your presentation is beautiful!

  20. HI Jess! What a fantastic meal! Finger-licking delicious - it's perfect description of your delicious chicken! :)

  21. 我那天看到Mandy的就已经很想动手了,现在你也上菜了,我看我是瘦不了了啦。咔咔咔~~

  22. Hi Jess,
    My family love this dish. Especially my kids.
    I always cook the non spicy version :p


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