How to cook Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Padi

Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Padi
Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Padi or Chicken in Coconut Cream with Birds Eye Chili in English, is a spicy rich yellow coconut gravy that is cooked with chilli padi. While this recipe uses chicken, it can be substituted with prawns, flower crabs or fishead.

Depending on your tastebuds, you can add more or less chillies if you wish.

Recipe for 4 pax.

Recipe for Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Padi


  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 pcs, washed and drained
  • 1 litre coconut milk
  • 3 tomatoes, cut into 4
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, lightly bruised
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, lightly bruised
  • 1 turmeric leaf, torn to 2
  • Salt to meet the taste
  • Vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 10 red bird’s eyes chillies
  • 10 green bird’s eyes chillies
  • 3 large red onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 inch old ginger, peeled
  • 1 inch of fresh turmeric, peeled
  • 5 candlenuts
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp grated ginger, salt to taste


  1. Marinate chicken pieces with ginger, turmeric powder and salt for at least 30 minutes. Fry chicken until ¾ cooked and put aside.
  2. Finely blend rempah ingredients into paste.
  3. Using the same oil in pot, pour in the ground ingredients, torn tumeric leaf, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and fry till oil appear, fragrant (Medium heat – Do not burn).
  4. Add the fried chicken, coconute milk and water. At this stage, keep it to a simmer for the rempah to adsorb to chicken and until the gravy thickens.
  5. Add tomatoes and salt to taste.
  6. Once chicken is cooked, serve with steamed white rice.


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  1. Torviewtoronto

    this curry looks delicious aromatic flavours

  2. Ryan D

    it is creamy and spicy. this is a classic example of singaporean malay cuisine.

  3. dudeMe

    This chicken is awesome..creamy, spicy comforting dinner the whole family will love.

  4. Anonymous

    Oh yeah! I love these and they’re really easy to make at home. This recipe is the one I will use from now on for my family dinner.

  5. Anonymous

    I’ve never seen this before and I’m ever so tempted now. Can’t wait to try.

  6. Anonymous

    This is the best recipe. I never use any other recipe. Short cut ones might ask you to ise tumeric powder for the gravy. But using fresh tumeric is a 100 times better.

  7. Nurul

    This is really really nice. Tried it and everyone loved it.

  8. nilah jumat

    What are the “rempah ingredients” stated in the instructions specifically? What happens to the candlenuts?