chapter V

when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs

made in MyKitchen | ayam masak merah

my magnificent potted curry plant was attacked by a formidable army of scales, teeny tiny, scab like insects that feed on plant sap.. lost the war against them, and conceded defeat after months of trying to get rid of them.. i tried everything, neem oil, mild soap and water spray, scraping them off the branches.. all in vain, as the beastly suckers came back with a vengeance and in bigger numbers every time.. i finally resorted to cutting, or rather, hacking everything off in rage when the insects found their way to the leaves, down to about half a meter of the main stem.. you can’t imagine how heart broken i was, looking at the woody stick protruding from the pot.. i placed the pot in a corner, away from bright light, making a note in my mind to get a new curry plant to replace the one i just lost..

that was about two-three weeks ago.. this morning, as i watered the plants, i noticed something green on the naked stem.. a few green somethings, in fact.. i just couldn’t believe my eyes.. i haven’t watered it at all since the day i stripped it down, having given up hope for it to bounce back and waiting for it to dry up so that i can pull it out by the roots and throw it away.. and here we are, tiny leaf shoots emerging here and there.. a miracle in my little garden in the sky, it truly feels like Christmas came early~! :mrgreen:


i cooked ayam masak merah to go with nasi tomato, or tomato rice .. adapted a recipe from , and i’m really pleased with the results ever since.. i omitted a few things, like chilli sauce, evaporated milk, and green peas.. i also didn’t use salt to marinate the chicken before deep frying it.. i didn’t want the saltiness to affect the taste of the gravy..

sometimes i add kaffir lime leaves, for added aroma.. i’ve also used beef and lamb for this recipe, and both turned out delicious.. :mrgreen:

p.s Christmas is literally right around the corner, with but a few more days to go.. and then, before anyone can finish unwrapping presents, we’ll all be celebrating the beginning of 2014..

so, here’s wishing you, my dearest readers




HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ~!!!



Ingredients :

  • ayam kampung/free range chicken, cut into smaller pieces

  • turmeric powder
  • shallots, red onion, garlic, ginger and soaked dried red chillies, blended to a fine paste

  • coriander and cumin powder, mixed with a bit of water to form a thick paste
  • cinnamon stick
  • star anise
  • lemongrass, slit into half
  • red and green chillies, slit into halves

  • tomatoes, quartered

  • tomato paste/puree

  • coarse sea salt
  • palm sugar
  • water

Method :

  • mix chicken with turmeric powder and leave to marinate for about 5 minutes

  • heat up some oil for deep frying and deep fry chicken until golden
  • place chicken on kitchen towels to drain off excess oil

  • in a wok, heat up some oil and saute blended spices until fragrant
  • add in cinnamon stick and star anise and saute spices until the oil separates from it

  • add in coriander and cumin paste, saute until fragrant
  • add in water, tomato paste/puree, coarse sea salt and palm sugar
  • let the mixture cook for a bit
  • taste, add more salt, sugar or water if needed
  • lower in chicken and lemongrass
  • let the chicken cook until the sauce thickens a little
  • add in tomatoes and red and green chillies

  • let the tomatoes and chillies soften, add more water if a thin gravy is preferred
  • turn the heat off when the ayam masak merah is done

  • serve, and enjoy

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2 comments on “made in MyKitchen | ayam masak merah

  1. missreverie
    Monday ~ December 23, 2013

    I enjoy ayam masak merah and will definitely try this recipe! And the curry plant that grew back, what a miracle! hehe, According to mom, the plant’s quite the survivor even if you don’t take time to water it. I just hope those insects don’t come back just in time for Christmas. Hee! Merry Christmas in advance to you and family, human and feline :)

    • whytevee
      Monday ~ December 23, 2013

      oh do, it’s a winner, this recipe..
      come to think of it, it is.. during the drought season, a lot of my other plants dry up and die, but the curry plant somehow managed to stay green and untouched.. i really hope not.. thanks, and happy holidays to you too! :D

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