Sunday, 31 August 2008

Kurmah Chicken

For this recipe, you can buy the ready pack kurmah powder in oriental shop. However, if you can't find the ready pack, here is the recipes for making the homemade kurmah powder. You can make sufficient powder that can last you several cooking. Keep them in air tight container otherwise you will loose the aroma. Homemade Kurmah Powder
  • 600g coriander
  • 100g cumim
  • 100g aniseed
  • 100g black peppercorns
  • 100g dry turmeric
  • 20g cloves
  • 10g star anise
  • 20g cinnamon sticks
  • 3 nutmegs
  • 20g cardamoms


Dry roast the ingredients separately until fragrant, then set aside to cool. Grind all the ingredients in the coffee grinder or send it to the mill to be ground.

  • 500g-600g chicken meat
  • 60g kurmah powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk (thick coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk add 1/2 cup of water (thin coconut milk)
  • oil for cooking
  • salt to taste

Spices A:

  • 7 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5cm ginger
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 7 almonds

Spices B:

  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 5 pieces of cardamon
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped


Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry spices B till golden brown. Put in chicken meat, salt to taste and the thin coconut milk. Stir fry for 10 minutes.

Add in spices A and the kurmah powder. Pour in the thick coconut milk and bring to boil.

Cook further over low heat until the gravy is thick.

Add mint leaved for decoration & serve hot.

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