Friday, 23 November 2012

Malaysian Chicken Kapitan (Nyonya Kapitan Chicken Curry)

Chicken Kapitan is another delicious Nyonya Food we could taste in our recent tour to Malacca/Malaysia. The Nyonya  food, also known as Peranakan cuisine is found in Malaysia & Singapore.They are a mix  of Chinese and Malay dishes. I found they are delicious with its extensive use of herbs and spices

Taste of Chicken Kapitan is bit different from the SriLankan Chicken Curry. It is milder spicy. I found this Chicken Kapitan recipe in another  site & thought of trying at home.
Here is the Recipe for Malaysian Chicken Kapitan.

Ingredients(for 2  servings)
250 g chicken (cut into bite size pieces)
1 kaffir lime leaves
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 tbspn Juice of a lemon
2 tbspn cooking oil
Salt to taste

To spice paste
4 shallots
1 clove garlic
1 stalk lemongrass cut  into  small pieces
3-4 dried red chili
1/2 tspn turmeric powder
1 tbsp curry powder
4 candlenuts/buah keras (I used almond nuts)
2 tspn Belachan/shrimp paste (If you cannot find belachan in an Asian store, Check how to prepare Belachan here or you can use Chinese Chili paste recipe)


Use the ingredients under ‘Spice Paste’ in a grinder & grind into a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan and fry the blended ingredients. Once it is fragrant, add about ¼ cup of coconut milk to the paste. Mix well. This will prevent the spices from burning.
Then add chicken, Mix well & fry for a few minutes.
Then add the rest of coconut milk. Add kaffir lime leaves and cook chicken in low flame for about 30 minutes. Allow the gravy to thicken.
Once chicken is cooked, add salt as per taste. Add few drops of lemon juice.

This goes well with Roti Jala or Roti Canai.

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  1. Love the flavours and looks delish!

  2. chicken curry looks simply superb and bookmarking it Amy

  3. That is one of my favourites Amy.... Yours look perfect...


  4. My husband is a huge fan of Curry. I'm visiting today from the Friday Chaos hop. :)

  5. This looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by and following.

    Following you back :)


  6. Yummilicious chicken curry...Looks so teasing yum dear!! :)
    Beetroot Poriyal

  7. My mouth is watering after seeing your recipe.. looks yummy..

  8. Sounds delish! Stopping by from the blog hop! Thanks for following and I look forward to following you and trying some of your wonderful recipes!

  9. I LOOVE chicken curry! I have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it.
    Follow you back..

    kisses, Nina

  10. Wow, this looks so yummy. I usually just stick with a masala type curry but may have to try this.

    Popping over from the blog hop


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