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Ayam Masak Merah



Ayam Masak Merah is a traditional Malaysian dish made with chicken cooked in a spicy tomato-based sauce. It is commonly consumed in Singapore as well. The dish is usually served with steamed white rice and a side of vegetables. The chicken is marinated in a mixture of spices, including turmeric, cumin, coriander, and chili powder, before being cooked in a blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and ginger. The sauce is then thickened with coconut milk and seasoned with tamarind paste, fish sauce, and sugar. The dish is usually garnished with fresh herbs such as kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and galangal.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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kg chicken, cut into pieces


onions, sliced


cloves garlic, minced


ginger, minced

2 tablespoons

chili paste

2 tablespoons

tomato paste

2 tablespoons

tamarind paste

2 tablespoons


2 tablespoons

fish sauce

2 tablespoons

vegetable oil

2 tablespoons

ground turmeric

1 teaspoon

ground coriander

1 teaspoon

ground cumin

1 teaspoon

ground fennel

1 teaspoon

ground cardamom

1 teaspoon

ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon

ground cloves

1 teaspoon

ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon

ground black pepper

1 teaspoon


1 teaspoon

coconut milk

1 cup



Step 1:

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2:

Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 3:

Add the ginger, chili paste, tomato paste, tamarind paste, sugar, fish sauce, turmeric, coriander, cumin, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, and salt. Stir to combine.

Step 4:

Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat with the spices.

Step 5:

Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Step 6:

Add the coconut milk and stir to combine.

Step 7:

Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

Step 8:

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Step 9:

Serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 15061 users have chowed down on Ayam Masak Merah a whopping 33134 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Ayam Masak Merah, our users are head over heels in january, but the interest cools down in april.

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Who preferred this food the most?

It's official: Ayam Masak Merah is the food of choice for greater-than35 female, with people of less_than15 BMI also on board.

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