Thursday, October 8, 2015

Buah Keluak Kari Ayam/Chicken Curry

What is this whole thing about Buah Keluak? Its the hardest nut cracker. Hard to crack, like some real life human crack cases I know. Just kidding! No, but its true? What is true? Cracking buah keluak, a hard fruit which is from Malacca (Assam Fish Curry, Nasi Kerabu & Ayam Masak Merah). To cook, you need to soak and rinse,  or rinse and soak for a couple of times. Potentially, soaking these nuts overnight will do. Stop falling for the wise cracks, see I already told you, there are some human cracks, who will make you believe them that you must soak buah keluak for a week or a few days. No need. Trust me Nava K (Asam Fish Chilli Dip, Kerabu Taugeh, Bilis Belimbing & Mee Siam). Just overnight will do for removing whatever is stuck on its hard skin. Scrubbing however is a must, for further cleaning scrubbing, thereafter crack in a mortar. Not like cracking until it crush down massively, one hard crack so that when you have cooked it, its easy to dig out the mushy dark, whatever you call it, I like to call it the thingy (Prawn Curry Mee, Ikan Masak Belacan, Chicken Vindaloo & Papaya Sardine Curry).

Other than that, you will be fine with handling keluak. Generally, buah keluak is added into curries. Those typical Nyonya dishes (Nyonya Fish Achar, Ayam Pongteh, Egg Vindaloo & Nyonya Fish Curry). Spices and all that nice, for the end result of a thick vibrant curry like this my version. I too bought my packet of keluak from Malacca (Malacca Part 1 & Malacca Part 2). Where else, you tell me. I am not sure if you can find them in hypermarkets or ordinary mini markets. Even in Malacca (Mutton Devil Curry), I was running around from one shop to the other until I spotted buah keluak in an akin ancient Indian Muslim provision shop (Nyonya Fish Sambal, Ayam Masak Merah & Ikan Masin Nenas), but I am not new to keluak. Otherwise, I wouldn't even bought. My other half-half, I tell you, despite trying to get him to try one nut, he just wouldn't. He just dug up some of the gooey stuff and once it went into his mouth, he almost spat out. What can I do? You think you can change your husband's food preferences? Trust me, I am yet to achieve. Even getting him to eat petai is already like a major Olympic game (Chilli Petai) . 

Alright foodies, that's pretty much the story for this Buah Keluak Kari Ayam recipe, which by far is a basic one. Of course as I have already said, you can go ahead and try other recipes from other blogs, or you can take my recipe and modify it according to your food deliciousness m(Cincalok Omelette, Salted Egg Fish & Ayam Masak Masam Manis). Take care. I shall catch up with sooner or later. Bye for now. 

8-10 buah keluak (how to prepare - as said, soak overnight and scrub every now and then with a brush. Before cooking, lightly crack and soak back in some water)

400g chicken - cut into bite sizes
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
** mix chicken with ginger paste and garlic paste and keep aside
6 shallots - crushed/smashed
2 sprigs curry leaves
Some asam/tamarind juice
1/4 cup oil
Salt for taste

For the curry paste
1 1/2 tbsp plain chilli powder (or as needed)
1/4 tsp garam masala/mix spice powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
** Mix with some water for a thick paste

Heat oil.
Saute shallots.
Add curry paste.
Fry and cook till aromatic and oil splits.
Add chicken and keluak with the water.
Gently stir and cook till chicken is tender.
Note: pour more water for more gravy.
Add curry leaves, pour tamarind juice and season with salt.
Stir, simmer and remove from heat.

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  1. I heard that buah keluak is a very difficult ingredient to prepare & takes a lot of time. Guess I'll just sit back & enjoy your cooking, Nava :D

  2. Back after a vacation…Missed a few posts.....will catch up!! Chicken curry looks so delicious...any no. of recipes for chicken are welcome..will try out for sure!!

  3. I have never seen those buah keluak exotic! The chicken curry looks amazingly delicious.

  4. I was not aware of this ingredient until I read here.. bt the chicken curry looks mouth watering

  5. I have never heard about buah keluak before.looks interesting

  6. This sounds so much liked


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