Malaysian Chicken Devil Curry
Try this exotic and quite unusual Malaysian curry to spice things up. This curry is a real mix of cultures and flavours that work beautifully with each other.
- 1 tsp brown mustard seeds soaked in water for 5 minutes
- 2 stalks of lemon grass (outer layer removed)
- 2 cm piece of galangal (or ginger)
- 2 ½ tsp turmeric
- 3 – 5 fresh chillies (depending how hot you like it)
- 2 brown onions or 10 shallots
The rest of ingredients
- 1 kg chicken thighs
- 4 cloves garlic sliced
- 2 onions cut in quarters
- 5 cm piece ginger shredded
- 2 large potatoes (peeled and chopped into chunks)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/3-cup 100ml white vinegar
- 2 – 3 cups of water
- Approx 4 tbsp sunflower / vegetable oil
Put all the spice paste ingredients into a blender with a little oil and whiz until it becomes a smooth paste.
Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a wok and stir fry the onions, garlic, ginger and chillies for 2 minutes over a hot heat. Drain and leave to one side, as you will be adding this in at the end.
Next, in a large pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil and add the spice paste. Cook for 5 minutes so all the flavours come out. Then add the chicken, potatoes, salt and soy sauce and mix together. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the sugar, vinegar and water bring to the boil then leave to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes on a gentle heat. Give it a stir every now and then to make sure it doesn’t stick or the heat is too high.
Once the chicken has cooked the sauce should be quite thick and the potatoes cooked through. If not, keep cooking until they have all cooked adding a little more water if need be. Lastly add the fried onions, garlic, ginger and chillies you cooked earlier and stir in.
Serve this curry with plain steamed rice or roti!
This is a very unusual curry, as it tastes sweet, sour and spicy. If you prefer a more sour taste you can add a little more vinegar, or if you like it sweeter just add a touch more sugar! Play around with it and have fun. As this is quite spicy it is a good idea to have a small bowl of natural plain yoghurt to go with it or even add a couple of tablespoons in at the end. Have a play with it and make it your own… Enjoy
Watch the video tutorial below: