• Prep Time 60 minutes
  • Cook Time 60 minutes
  • Serving For 10 People
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Description

Learn how to make Ayam Masak Merah from basic, a signature Malaysian Dish that made with chicken, spice and red chill oil. It is complex, spicy yet appetizing.

Recipe Ingredient

  • Ayam Masak Merah:
  • 1kg whole chicken (cut into 10 pieces)
  • 1tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • cooking oil
  • Ground spices:
  • 10 shallots (peeled)
  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2in old ginger (peeled)
  • 10 pcs dried chilli
  • 2tbsp coriander powder
  • 1tsp cumin powder
  • Others:
  • 5tbsp cooking oil
  • 1in cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 4tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1/2 small bottle chilli sauce
  • 1 small can evaporated milk
  • 10 red chilli (cut half)
  • 2 tomato (cut wedges into six)
  • 5in pandan leaf
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • salt to taste
  • sugar to taste


  1. Marinated the chicken with turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Deep fry until 3/4 cooked, put aside.
  3. Blend the ground spices with 1 1/2 cups of water.
  4. Heat oil until hot, sauté ground spices until fragrant.
  5. Add in cinnamon stick, cloves and star anise. Fry for 5 minutes.
  6. Add tomato paste and chilli sauce, stir-fry well until the tomato paste becomes oily.
  7. Then add in the chicken, pandan leaf and lemongrass together.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender and gravy turns thick.
  9. Lastly add evaporated milk, chillies and tomatoes.
  10. Season with salt and sugar. Serve.
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13 thoughts on “Ayam Masak Merah”

  1. Jennifer - June 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    No. 6. … Until the tomato paste is become oily….. Great English!

    • Kuali Admin - June 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for spotting the error. We have rectified it. We appreciate and value your support.

      The Kuali Team.

  2. Ben - December 9, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Clear easy instructions. No.9 – for how long please? Thanks.

  3. Sari - December 12, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Cant wait to spend my weekend with the girls….ask them for a cooking jam

  4. bobsweet - December 21, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Salam. Thank you for this tasty recipe. I’d cooked ayam masak merah for tonight dish. It turns out great and delicious. I had no tomato paste, i used fresh tomato & tomato sauce, i had no evaporated milk, i substituted coconut milk.

  5. Marsha - December 27, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Great ayam masak merah recipe indeed. Preferably use ayam kampong will taste better and jucier.
    Te teer

  6. Musalmah - January 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Great dish,a and a very clear instructions. Thanks

  7. Priya - January 23, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Great recepi?

  8. Az - February 27, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Will try to impress my wife..

  9. Ong - May 30, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I think it will be more perfect if there is a measuring unit for the ingredients rather than guessing how much to add.

    • Michelle Wong
      Kuali - May 31, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Hi Ong,

      Thanks for raising the error. We have rectified it and thank you for supporting us.

      Kuali Team

  10. Siva - November 1, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    It came out well and tasty, but i did not use coconut milk or evaporated mili….prefer not to use it.. its tasty without milk..sedappp

    • Kuali Cares
      Kuali Cares - November 2, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Siva, great to hear that you have improvised the recipe and it tastes sedap too 🙂 Happy cooking!


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