Monday, August 12, 2013

Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa

In case, just in case you are wondering what is Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa, of course we Malaysians don't need any explaining, but to the rest of you, I must mentioned that Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa (Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Rendang Ayam & Sambal Serai Ayam) is known as Chicken Cooked Three Flavours, or even Chicken Three Tastes.Three flavours or three tastes (Ikan Asam Pedas)? Obviously, we Malaysian love spiciness, sourness and sweetness as one in a dish and specifically today, its in ayam or chicken. Of course, if you are asking me, there are hundreds of recipes for Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa and to each I suppose their best known style of cooking and ingredients too. How about my style to making Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa? I think its a totality of a different kinda and unique too. Why? If you take a look at the ingredients, I am sure you can understand why and I also didn't want to stick to the traditional type of Ayam Masak Merah. The common and as if we must follow the standard guideline to the ingredients (Sesame Chicken & Honey Chilli Chicken). I don't know about you, but I have never been comfortable with conforming to ingredients others opt for, as well as cooking technic because, like I always tell you, cooking begins with the ingredients we already have at home and we should set our own benchmark against our own cooking instead of comparing with others (Chicken Curry PotatoButter Chicken, Chicken Varuval, Chicken Kebab, Masala Chicken Curry & Chicken Stew). I am sure you are agreeing? Alright guys, grab this recipe of mine to a Malaysian style spicy, sweet and sour Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa.

For the chicken
400g chicken - cut into bite sizes
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1/2 tbsp corn flour
1/2 tbsp rice flour
** Mix all together

For the gravy
1 1/2 tbsp dried chili paste
4 shallots - sliced thinly
1/2 inch ginger - cut into thin stripes
1 1/2 tbsp dried black currants/anggur kering
1/4 cup thick tamarind juice/asam jawa
Salt as needed
Oil as needed

When oil is heated, deep fry chicken till crispy and light brown in color.
Remove and keep aside.
Drain off excess oil and leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same pan.
Sauté shallots and ginger.
Add chili paste and cook till oils splits
Pour tamarind juice and season with salt.
Add fried chicken and black currants.
Stir till chicken is coated in the gravy.
Remove from heat. 


  1. the recipe name itself makes me feel hungry dear :) awesome preparation..

  2. wow my mouth is watering here.. I have tasted sour and sweet fish in my canteen... want to taste ur dish too...

  3. I like to cook too and share too that's why I have the blog, I know the blogger who has blog but very secretive about recipes , she don't like if anyone cooked the same dish in their blog. I mean why to have it blog when you don't want to share. Anyway, curry looks so good, I have made so many dishes from your blog converting them into vegetarian version. thanks dear.

  4. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Oh Nava, I'm drooling and I need extra rice pls... :)

  5. I totally agree with you on the "cook, eat, share" theory. I'd love it if my readers would actually try out my simple recipes.

    Chicken looks very tempting! Like the commenter before me, I'd surely go for another helping of rice.:)

  6. Nava, i thinks this is good to eat with nasi lemak too. yummy.

  7. Mouthwatering recipe...would love to have with naan

  8. A nice new take on Sweet and Sour Chicken. I've never personally had this before but the raisins and tamarind must make a rich combination.

  9. Hmmm . . . Just had the Dinner and looking at the pic Making me again Hungry. . .

  10. Awesome chicken, love the color and presentation...

  11. This can also be made with fried vegitables!!!!
    Keep in touch,

  12. could finish the plate ,it sounds so fab.

  13. Oh I just feel like having the chicken dish.Love the color of it too.Black currants and tamarind juice that must be really yummmmm.

  14. Yummy luking gravy vth tempting cliks. delcious.

  15. Would love to try your gravy with tofu or BeyondMeat :)

  16. Passionate about cooking has a deep connection with food. You create new foods,experiment in kitchen and knows what is good and bad for you. I don't think its just cooking for family, most women do that but they don't love cooking. I am sure you love cooking that is why you have created this blog and post what you cook for your family. The sweet and sour sure looks delicious and I make something similar which we call it chicken Manchurian. The ingredients are different but it tastes sweet and sour.

  17. Chicken looks simply amazing and delicious Nava.. Loved it :-)

  18. Love the recipe... need to try it out soon...

  19. Sweet and sour chicken is not really something my family enjoys much. But as you said, one can play around with these ingredients and suit them to the palate.

  20. Hi Nava, this is so tempting and awesome. I need extra rice to go with your this chicken dish. :))

  21. Hi Nava, Chicken looks damn delicious, But i have never tried adding tamarind to a chicken recipe. Got to try this one :)

    My apologies for not visiting often dear. It's getting really hard to manage with my little one these days. She has started her playgroup and now she is 22 months :)

  22. The tamarind juice and dried black currant in this sweet and sour chicken, I would say very special recipe for sweet and sour chicken so far, well done, NAVA !

  23. I think you are passionate about cooking and it shows in your food, the way the recipes are thought out, beautifully styled and photographed. And I have to say that each time I visit your blog, I feel inspired to make that dish. Today, I am looking at more than one recipe and I want to try out all of them. Sweet and sour dishes are a huge hit with me and this chicken dish sounds awesome!I may add a little palm sugar too:-)

  24. This recipe looks super duper delicious! :)

  25. Its hard for me to find rice flour now, I'm on a mission to get for I could try this yummy recipe.

  26. Love food with the sweet and sour combo...Looks inviting :)


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