Ayam Masak Merah; or red-cooked chicken in English, is a common dish found in Malay food eateries. It is a casserole of chicken pieces in tomato.


  • 1/2 chicken
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (optional)
  • CSR natural brown sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 red onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cm of ginger
  • 2 cm of galangal
  • 1 clove of turmeric
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass, thinly sliced
  • 10-12 dried chilies (remove seeds and boiled)


  • 1 yellow onion (thinly slice)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 stalk of curry leaves


  1. Cut the chicken into medium bite size.
  2. Add salt and turmeric, mix it well. Fry the chicken until half cooked.
  3. In another pan, add 1 tbs of oil and cooked all sauté ingredient. Stir fry it well.
  4. Then add blended ingredients and cook it until fragrant.
  5. Add in chicken, coconut milk (optional) and stir it until the gravy is boiled and slightly thicken.
  6. Finally add some salt and CSR brown sugar for seasoning.
  7. Ayam masak merah ready to serve.