1.2 kg chicken, cut into bite size
250 ml thick coconut cream
500 ml chicken stock/water
5 medium potatoes, skinned and cut into big chunks
3 stems curry leaves, use only the leaves and discard the stalk
3 tablespoon cooking oil
2 tsp light soya sauce (optional)
1 tbsp tumeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder (ketumbar)
1 tsp cumin powder (jintan putih)
1 tsp fennel powder (jintan manis)
1 tsp garam masala powder
salt and sugar to taste
18 dried chillies, soak in hot water for 10 mins and drained
1 head garlic, skinned
15 red shallots, skinned
2 inches of galangal (lengkuas)
5 stalks lemongrass (serai), use only the lower white part
1 thumb size piece of belacan (shrimp paste or shrimp cake that resembles chocolate)
blend Mix A as fine as possible and set aside.
in a wok or large pan, heat up the oil and turn the flame to as small as possible. add blended Mix A, cumin powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, garam masala powder and tumeric powder and fry for about 10 mins, taking care to mix around and not let it burn
turn the flame to medium and add in the chicken, potatoes and curry leaves. stir to mix thoroughly
add the coconut cream, chicken stock and light soya sauce. add salt and sugar to taste. bring it to a boil and turn down the flame to set it simmer for about 1 hour or til cooked. add some hot water if the gravy gets too thick
serve hot with white rice or spiced rice.
leftover curry chicken goes well with bread the next day.
~ keep left over curry in the fridge as it contains coconut cream and can go bad. just heat it up before serving.
~ use starchy yellow potatoes for best results
~ cut the blended ingredients to similar sized chunks to get more even and faster blending. alternatively, it's an old believe that these ingredients pounded to a paste with a mortar and pestle gives an even more aromatic result. be prepared for a long workout if you opt for that.
~ use cholestrol-free packed coconut cream/coconut milk for a more convenient and healthier alternative. the packets resembles small uht milk containers
- the garam masala powder was a tip from a friend, kentucky wildcats' fan from my blogsphere