Malaysian Chicken Curry | Nyonya kari kay (Malaysian • Dairy Free • Gluten Free)

Malaysian Chicken Curry
Malaysian Restaurant = Roti Canai + Mouthwatering Chicken Curry.
Yesss! This is exactly that yummy tasty curry served with Roti Canai.

Every time we go to a Malaysian restaurant, we order Roti Canai and literally drink the curry till the last drop. It is that good! I was very happy when I cracked the code behind this masterpiece. And that night, even though we were already full, we couldn’t stop eating it.


  • Nyonya cuisine comes from the descendants of early Chinese migrants inter-marrying with local Malays.
  • Coriander seeds possess many plant-derived chemical compounds that known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. Together with flavonoid anti-oxidants, fiber composition of coriander helps protect colon mucusa from cancers.

Cuisine: Malaysian
Serves: 4 Adults

Ingrdients Quantity
Paste (To Grind)
Shallots (Diced) 1 cup  Or use Red Onions
Garlic Cloves 2
Coriander Seeds 11/2 tbsp
Soybean Paste 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Fennel  1/2 tsp
Dried Red Chillies (Soaked in water) 6  Remove seeds for less spicy curry
Oil 4 tbsp
Oil  1 tbsp
 Anise  1
 Cinnamon Stick  1 inch
 Clove  1
 Curry Leaves  5
 Coconut Milk (Full Fat)  11/4 cup
 Potato (Diced)  1 cup
 Chicken  1 pound
 Salt  1/2 tsp
 Sugar  1 tbsp


  1. Here is the recipe to make fresh coconut milk.
  2. Soak the dried red chilies in hot water till they turn soft.
  3. Grind all the ingredients under “To Grind” to a uniform paste.
  4. Heat a pot on medium heat and add oil.
  5. When oil is hot, add anise, cinnamon, clove, ground paste, curry leaves, 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
  6. Cook on low for 15 minutes. Oil should have separated from the paste by now.
  7. Add potatoes, chicken, salt, sugar and 3/4 cup water.
  8. Cover and cook on low till chicken is done (takes around 30 minutes).
  9. Add rest of the coconut milk and cook on low for 10 more minutes.

Serve the chicken curry with roti canai or dosa.


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2 thoughts on “Malaysian Chicken Curry | Nyonya kari kay (Malaysian • Dairy Free • Gluten Free)

  1. Hello!

    “7. Add potatoes, chicken, salt, sugar and water.”

    How much water? It doesn’t say in the ingredients.

    Thank you!

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