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Rendang Ayam (Dry Chicken Curry)

Rendang ayam

Rendang ayam

Rendang ayam

Rendang ayam

rendang ayam

Hello everyone.  After a 2 weeks hiatus from the kitchen, I’m trying to get my groove back into the air space – Cook, think, write! Cook, think, write! Yes, let’s get this motion going, shall we? Cook, think, write! …  repeat …

My family came visit (all the way from Malaysia) and it was a wonderful reunion.  The usually-quiet house came to life with noise and warmth.  And mom literally took over my kitchen and made all our favourite dishes on-demand which made me realise how I’ve missed her cooking.  That explains my lack of activity in this space for 2 whole weeks 🙂

Now that my parents have left, I’m back into the kitchen.  So, rendang ayam? In English – it’s called dry chicken curry – one of the most homely and delicious Malaysian dish I’ve ever enjoyed.  Like all curries, it’s not a complex dish to make but it is crucial to get all the freshly ground spices to achieve that beautiful aroma and dry texture of the curry.  Unlike it’s wet curry cousin, the sauce is the curry paste minus the watery sauce.

If you haven’t attempted curries before, don’t be discouraged to try – it’s very very easy to make and if you make a large pot, you can keep for up to 2 days in the fridge and reheat before meal.  To balance the flavours and achieve the right one, keep tasting them.  As the southern hemisphere gets colder and colder, it is very comforting to enjoy this great dish with lots of carbs – don’t you agree? 😉

Rendang Ayam aka Dry Chicken Curry (adapted from Andrew Kow’s Malaysian Menu)

Serves 4-6

1 kg chicken drumsticks, cut into pieces if you want or leave as is
1/2 packet grated coconut, toasted
1 large can coconut milk
pinch of salt

(Chicken marinade)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp curry powder

(Curry Paste)
30 g coriander powder
7 g fennel
3 g cumin
60 g galangal
20 shallots
2 garlic
2 stalks lemongrass
6 candlenut
1/2 inch turmeric
3 tbsp dried chilli
10 bird’s eye chilli, de-seed if you prefer not so spicy
5 pcs kaffir lime leaves

1. Rinse chicken drumsticks.  Mix the chicken marinade and rub onto the chicken drumsticks.  Leave them to marinade for 30 mins.

2. Pound the curry paste ingredients together in a mortar and pestle or blend them together in a blender.  Pound or blend until you reach a paste-like consistency.  Set aside.

3. Heat up 1 bowl of vegetable oil in a medium high-heated wok. Stir fry the curry paste until fragrant.  Mix in chicken drumsticks with coconut milk and salt into the wok.  Stir and mix them around with curry paste with spatula.  Ensure all drumsticks are equally covered by the paste.  Once the watery paste starts to bubble, turn the heat to low and simmer for about 1 – 1.5 hours or until the curry paste has become thick and dry.  Constantly stir and be sure not to burn the paste.

4. Once you’ve achieved the consistency, add in toasted grated coconut and stir well.  Serve.


Rendang ayam


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