Kari ayam is a great way to mix up your curry repertoire. It's kind of like Indian but not really. What it is is sure to please.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: kari ayam, malaysian chicken curry
Author: romain | glebekitchen
malaysian curry chicken
8chicken thighsor a mix of drumsticks and thighs
1 star anise
2inchcinnamon bark (cassia)
2potatoescoarsely chopped (yukon gold works well)
5sprigsfresh curry leaves(leaves removed from stems, stems discarded)
4tbspneutral oil(e.g. vegetable or corn oil)
2inch ginger root
5tbspmalaysian curry powder
0-2tspkashmiri chili powderdepending on your spice tolerance (see note)
3tbspneutral oilplus enough water to puree the paste
Make the curry paste
Combine the shallots, ginger, garlic, Malaysian curry powder, kashmiri chili powder and oil in a blender.
Add a couple tablespoons of water. Puree. If it won't go add more water a tablespoon at a time until it does. In my blender it takes around 5 tablespoons of water. Every blender is different.
Cook your potatoes
Cook the potatoes in salted water until just barely done. They will cook a little longer in the curry. Reserve one cup of the cooking water. Set the potatoes aside.
Malaysian curry chicken
Heat the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil in a pot large enough to hold the final curry over medium low heat. When the oil is hot add the cinnamon and star anise. Let cook for 15-20 seconds.
Add the curry paste. Cook the curry paste, stirring occasionally, until the oil separates. Cook another two or three minutes after that. This should take about 10 minutes total. You don't want to skip this. Frying the paste cooks the raw spice flavour out. Smooths the flavours out.
Add the chicken and stir to combine. Cook for a minute or two. You aren't trying to brown the chicken here.
Add 1/2 cup of the reserved potato cooking water. Stir, scraping up any bits on the bottom until it's pretty well combined.
Add the coconut milk, fish sauce and curry leaves. Stir to combine.
Slip in the lemongrass stalk and bring to a simmer. Cover. Cook for 20 minutes.
Add the potatoes. Stir to combine and simmer until the chicken is done. This takes another 10-15 minutes.
Serve with jasmine rice and a flat bread like roti or parathas.
The Kashmiri chili powder is optional. It depends on how spicy you like it. Leave it out and it's medium spicy. One teaspoon moves it into spicy territory. Two teaspoons is pretty hot. Up to you.