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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Nyonya Kari Kapitan / Nyonya Kapitan Chicken Curry

I don't usually cooked spicy food but if I do, I normally would buy those premix packet of curry or ready made paste to cook; (for me is like too much kind of hassle with all those ingredients to prepare and cook).

But after looking at Lisa H. cooked this delicious Nyonya Kari Kapitan has made me to brave myself to cook this eventhough I have never ever done this before.   I gone through the ingredients for this recipe and know what,  I don't really know what is "galangal" and hee.... I have to google search.  When I was at the wet market, I have to double confirm with the vegetable seller, is this "galangal"/blue ginger? 

But wow, this Kari Kapitan is really indeed very delicious!  We go for a second plate of rice with this Kari Kapitan.  And what's more, it taste even more better the next day!

Nyonya Kari Kapitan
Recipe from  From My Lemony Kitchen

1 kg of drumsticks (I mix with drumsticks & chicken wings)
1 tbsp tumeric powder
Oil for deep frying
250ml coconut milk
1 tbsp finely chopped kaffir lime leaves
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp lime juice

Spice Paste
10 shallots
1 big brown onion
2cm ginger
2cm galangal
1 cm tumeric 
3 candlenuts
2 stalks lemongrass
15 dried chillies (cut and soaked till soft)
20gm belacan granules

1/4 cup oil
Salt to taste


1.  Marinate chicken with tumeric powder and salt for at least 2 hours (best if overnight).

2.  Deep fry the chicken pieces until golden.

3.  Dish out and put aside.

4.  Blend all the spice ingredients into fine paste.

5.  Heat about 3-4 tbsp of oil in wok and saute the spice paste until its fragrant and the oil

6.  Add in chicken and cook in medium heat for about 5 minutes.

7.  Add coconut milk, brown sugar and kaffir lime leaves.

8.  Season to taste.

9.  Simmer at least 10 minutes or till the chicken is tender.

10. Add lime juice and mix well.  

11. Dish out and garnish with any extra kaffir lime leaves and serve! 

        This Kari Kapitan is not spicy at all!   Of course, I will cook this again! 


  1. The chicken looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing..

  2. Hi Mel, your kari kapitan look extremely good, think I can have 2 plate of rice too, LOL

    Excellent photo.

    Have a nice day.

  3. Hi Ady,
    Thanks for your comments! Do try this recipe as I have tasted it, and it is real good!

  4. Hi Amelia,

    Thanks for your comment and compliment! Hopefully one day I can invite you over to my house and get to know each other well.

  5. Hiya Mel..
    This is a definite keeper :)
    Thanks for the shout-out and thank you for giving it a go :D

  6. Drooling looking at the red gravy and chicken!