Ayam masak merah (chicken cooked in red chilli)

So, decided to cook something different today. My husband asked for this dish a couple of days ago, but I could not make it cause there werent going to be enough people at home to make cooking the dish worthwhile. There was also the fact that my mum, the lady with the recipe book, was not around. Since this is a dish I have made once or twice before, I needed her to be around to guide me.


Half a chicken, cut into 6. I used the thigh, wing and drumstick cause as I mentioned in a previous post, my family is fussy 😂😂

7 dried chilli (cili kering)

1 and a half onion

3 cloves of garlic

Half an inch of ginger

2 stalks of lemongrass

3 table spoons of tomato ketchup

Water to blend the ingredients

Sugar and salt to taste

Tumeric powder (or freshly grounded turmeric)

Oil for cooking

How to

Marinade the chicken with salt and tumeric powder. Fry the chicken until three quarter cooked

Soak the dried chilli, wash and drain. Remove as many seeds as possible. Alternatively, you could boil it for arohnd 5 mins before draining the chilli and removing the seeds

Blend the dried chilli, onion, garlic, ginger and lemon grass with a little bit of water- just enough water to make blending easy

Remove most of the oil used to fry the chicken. Heat the oil and fry the blended items. Fry until golden or fragrant.

Add three tablespoons of tomato ketchup. Salt and sugar to taste.

Once mixture is boiling, add in the chicken and mix well. Leave until chicken is cooked.

Serve hot 🙂

Sorry pictures are sparse, forgot to take a photo of the finished product. Will improve this whole blogging business with time I hope.

Take care and lots of love


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