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Ayam Masak Merah Recipe (Asian Chicken Cacciatore)

OMG! We can't believe it! We're publishing one of our faves!

Ok yes we confess...we do have (too) many favourites and it's hard to not get excited about so many amazing dishes with infinite flavours, smells and textures!

The Ayam Masak Merah or Spicy Tomato Chicken is absolutely one dish we love coming back to again and again.

This is a beautifully tantalising red dish with tomato ketchup and chilli to give it that kick. Sunrise TV. recommends eating chilli four times a week as it has health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart attack. If you haven't browsed through My Blue Tea's Spice Pantry, do it now! We have an enticing range of different spices for you to cook up a storm and get your health going!

What is Ayam Masak Merah?

The Malaysian style of chicken cacciatore #chickencacciatore is called Ayam Masak Merah #ayammasakmerah.

Ayam Masak Merah is a Malaysian traditional dish. It literally means chicken "cooked-red" in English. It is basically a casserole of chicken pieces cooked in dried chillies sambal. Pieces of chicken are first fried to a golden brown then slowly braised in a spicy dried chillies and tomato sauce.

Peas are sometimes added to the dish, and it is garnished with shredded kaffir lime leaves as well as coriander.

It is often paired with nasi tomato, which is rice cooked with tomato sauce or paste, milk, dried spices, and garlic, onions and ginger.

Recipe for Ayam Masak Merah

Ingredients A:

* 1 kg chicken

* 10g salt

* 10g turmeric powder

** (marinate the chicken with salt & turmeric powder)

Ingredients B:

1 packet (50 grams) - Sambal Tumis Base

300 ml water

70 ml oil

200g onion

Ingredients C:

100g chilli sauce

100g tomato sauce

20g sugar

150g green peas


1 stalk spring onion (cut into 1” length)


1. Deep fry the marinated chicken until golden-brown. Set aside.

2. Mix well Ingredients (B) and cook until fragrant and oil rises to the top.

3. Add Ingredients (C) and cook until the gravy is thick. Add in fried chicken, stir well until the fried chicken is well coated with gravy.

4. Turn off fire and add in green peas. Stir well.

5. Garnish with spring onion and serve.

Tip: You can also substitute chicken with eggs or prawns. This is known as Telur Masak Merah (egg) and Udang Masak Merah (prawns). (Photo courtesy of Yuliana.menjoi and navagablogspot)

Tulang Masak Merah or Red Bone Stew

Tulang Masak Merah or Red Bone Stew
Tulang Masak Merah or Red Bone Stew

If that is all whetting your appetite, there´s more! The Tulang Masak Merah or Red Bone Stew #tulangmasakmerah is a dish whose flavour ages really well. It actually tastes even better after a few days. This dish is matured with spices and herbs. It is served with 'roti', a flat bread and a cup of piping hot tea. Imagine having this beautiful set for breakfast. You will never wake up the same way again. This is a must-try the next time you visit Malaysia #malaysiatrulyasia #MYHertigeCuisine!

Follow Malaysia's MasterChef Judge, ChefJo @iamchefjo on his Instagram to discover more heritage food!

The Beautiful Air Bandung

At My Blue Tea, we love our food and we also like finishing off a good meal with a delicious beverage to balance out the flavours and temperatures. Complete this spicy meal with Air Bandung (Pandan or Roselle flavoured). Try out the Pink Dragon or Roselle Air Bandung recipe!

So there you have it, one of our favourite spicy dishes for you to try! We know you'll be licking your plates clean with this one. What's your go-to spicy dish to jazz up your menu? Which dishes have you tried making with My Blue Tea's spices?


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