Sweet & Tangy Chicken Curry (Malbi Ayam) ala Dentist Chef

sweet tangy chicken curry recipe

Sweet and Tangy Chicken Curry

Malbi is a sweet curry stew that consist a rich spice with a sweet and slighly tangy after taste.  Malbi is a herrtitage recipe from Palembang, South Sumatra Province in Indonesia. Malbi is similiar to Smoor (Dutch) or Semur (Indonesian) that usually made of beef. Slightly different with my Semur Daging Sapi (Indonesian Braised Beef Shank in Sweet Soy Sauce), Malbi contains  coconut milk and much more richer spice, while Semur is more peppery. Despite the common taste of malbi, i like it even more with rather peppery and tangy  aftertaste. The sweet taste comes from kecap manis or sweet soy sauce and palm sugar while the tangy or polite sour after taste comes from asam gelulur or dried sliced Garcinia atroviridis. You can replace the asam gelugur with tamarind paste or lime juice.

sweet chicken curry recipe

Sweet Chicken Curry in Thick and Rich Coconut Milk & Spices

Malbi ayam or chicken sweet and tangy curry cooking technique is similiar to Kalio (Brown Rendang or Stewed Beef in Spicy Brown Coconut Curry). The chicken is stewed or slow cooked with a constant gently stirring to prevent the spices burned out. Gently heat is needed to make the coconut milk got caramelized and formed a thick and oily broth. Just like other typical Indonesian dish, this sweet chicken curry is usually serve with a lot of deep fried sliced shallot and chopped spring onion.

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Malbi Ayam Khas Palembang

I like to make sweet chicken curry with ayam kampung or malay chicken.  I like to cut the kampung chicken into  a bite size to reduce the cooking time.  Since the kampung chicken is leaner and rather though, you need about 1- 1.5 hours to make it tender and needed more if you cut it into regular size. If you using the regular chicken, it takes nothing more than 40 minutes.

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Sweet and Tangy Chicken Curry fron Indonesia


Sweet and tangy Chicken Recipe:

  • 1 kampung chicken (about 1 kg), cut into 20 section (bite size)
  • 2 daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves)
  • 2 sereh (lemongrass), bruised
  • 2 tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp gula merah (palm sugar)
  • 300 ml santan kelapa kental (thick coconut milk)
  • 2 slice asam gelugur *optional*
  • 1 tbsp kelapa sangrai (toasted and grounded coconut pulp) *optional*
  •  3 cm cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cup  water
  • salt to taste

Sweet Chicken Curry Spice Paste Recipe:

  • 12 bawang merah (shallots)
  • 8 bawang putih (garlic)
  • 3 cabe merah (chillies) *optional*
  • 1 tbsp lada (white peppercorn)
  • 3 cm ginger
  • a pinch of fennel seed
  • a pinch of caraway seed


  • deep fried shallot
  •  chopped spring onion
  • cilantro leaves or flat leaves parsley


How to make sweet chicken curry :

  • Heat op oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan, saute the spice paste until fragrant
  • Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise and coconut milk, continue to saute another 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken and the rest of ingredients, bring to boil
  • Simmer and continue stirring until the chicken is tender
  • Serve with garnish and steaming hot rice

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Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi Pasta salad with Amaranth, Roasted Aubergine and Kalamata Olives

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Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi Pasta Recipe. Gnocchi ia a thick and soft  Italian  pasta that consist of semolina flour, potato and egg yolk. Instead of potato, you can substitude with , pumpkin, or any rooted veggies like sweet potato, carrrot or beet roots etc. You can made it with various sauce, you can served it with tomato base sauce like sun dried tomato pesto, spicy tuna and tomato sauce or spicy chilli tomato sauce; or peanut pesto sauce. Gnocchi is usually served as appetizer, thats why i like to served purple sweet potato gnocchi as  a simple and refreshing salad with a springkled sumac and a lil drizzled of truffle oil.


Today i made a homemade purple sweet  potato from scrath.  The purple sweet potato tagged as japanese purple sweet potato, googling search end up as Okinawan purple potato. This sweet potato is really sweet in taste and had a dark purple color. I’ve try many times made a mashed purple sweet potato fo my Confit d’Oie /Goose Confit Recipe Serve with Cherry Tomato & Musrooms Confit, and Chicken Ballotine Recipe with Spinach, Minced Chicken and Porcini Mushrooms Powder Stuffing.  The Okinawan purple potato made a very impressive purple coloring for many dish like pasta, cake or even bread.

sweet potato gnocchi recipe purple sweet potato gnocchi

Forget the store brought gnocchi since homemade gnocchi is preety easy to made and it taste far away greater than the the instant gnocchi. In rush hours meals, i like to made the gnocchi  into a tiny long tubular and simply cut it 1 1/2 inchs and directly boiled it. But when my niece is in town, she always did the fork  pressing to make a fork punch pattern in the gnocchi.


  • 250 gr purple potato, peeled
  • 100 gr semolina or all purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp cheese powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Gnocchi Pasta Salad Recipe :

  • 1 aubergine or eggplant, cui tinto bite sice and roasted until cooked and had a  nice charred golden brown surface
  • 1 cup amaranth( we used to called this as spinach in Indonesia)
  • 2 hard boiled egg, quartered
  • 1/2 cup kalamata / black olives, halved
  • grated cheese
  • a pinch of SUMAC
  • black truffle oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • To make the pasta, cut the sweet potatoes an wrap with alumunium foil and bake until fork tender for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes and let it cool, place into a bowl and mashed  the flesh through a fine sieve metal strainer.

homemade gnocchi from scratch recipe

  • Add the cheese, salt , pepper and all purpose flour and olive oil and mix until dough forms.

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  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes.
  • Add additional flour if the dough is still sticky. Then, quartered
  • Roll each section with a floured rolling pin into a long tube like roll.

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  • Cut each section into 1 inch bite-size sections.

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  • Gently press the gnocchi section with fork

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  • Roll a fork over the top to get the ridges.

purple sweet potoato gnocchi homemade recipe from scrathc

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook until the gnocchi starts to float.
  • Remove the gnocchi from the cooking water and drained
  • Your purple sweet potato gnocchi is ready to serve with your own preference sauce

How to Make a Gnocchi Pasta Salad:

  • Mix all ingredient and served cold as appetizer

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