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Malaysian chicken curry

You'll need

4 each golden shallots, garlic cloves and long red chillies, coarsely chopped 20 gm (4cm piece) ginger, coarsely chopped 1½ tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 4 tsp ground cardamom 1½ tsp ground turmeric 8 chicken thigh fillets, cut into strips 400 ml coconut milk 1 fresh curry leaf sprig (see note) 1 lemongrass stalk, bruised 1 each cinnamon quill and star anise 1½ tbsp soft palm sugar, or to taste To serve: fried shallots (see note) and lime wedges   Coconut rice 400 ml coconut milk 1 lemongrass stalk, bruised ½ tsp each cumin seeds and coriander seeds, cracked in a mortar and pestle 400 gm jasmine rice, rinsed


  • 01
  • Process shallot, garlic, chilli and ginger in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add chilli mixture, stir occasionally until fragrant (2 minutes). Add onion and spices, stir for 2 minutes, add chicken, stir to coat well. Add coconut milk, curry leaf sprig, lemongrass, cinnamon, star anise and 100ml water and simmer until chicken is tender (20 minutes). Season to taste with palm sugar and sea salt.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for coconut rice, simmer coconut milk, lemongrass, spices and 200ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add rice and bring to the simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid absorbed (15-20 minutes). Remove from heat, stand for 5 minutes and serve with hot chicken curry, scattered with fried shallots, with lime wedges.

Note Curry leaf sprigs and fried shallots are available from Asian grocers.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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Aug 2012

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