Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dry Thai Chilli Chicken Rendang (Rendang Ayam Kering Cili Api)


Assalamualaikum and hello dear readers,

Been awhile since I posted here. However the break has been good. I have had a wonderful Eid and holiday mostly at home and at relatives place. This time I am sharing with you a delightfully hot Rendang called Dry Thai Chilli Chicken Rendang (Rendang Ayam Kering Cili Api). As the name implies this is a dry dish and is usually eaten with compressed rice(Nasi Impit), glutinous rice wrapped in Palas leaf (Ketupat Palas) and grilled glutinous rice in bamboo (Lemang) especially during Eid.

You may substitute chicken with mutton or any other meat that you prefer. Likewise the Thai chilli may be reduced in quantity if you can't take too hot a dish. You may also use boiled dried red chillies or fresh red chillies if Thai chillies are not available.

Enjoy the video.

Here's the recipe:
Dry Thai Chilli Chicken Rendang (Rendang Ayam Kering Cili Api)


1 chicken (cut into small pieaces, rub with salt and tumeric powder, and fry until just cooked)
1 cup kerisek
3 pcs asam keping (alternatively can use 3 tbs vinegar or half cup of tamarind juice)
1 tbs turmeric powder
5 turmeric leaf (slice thinly)
3 kafir lime leaf (slice thinly)
300 ml coconut milk
1 tbs sugar
salt to taste
1/2 cup oil for frying
1 cup water

6 lemon grass
2 inches galangal
2 inches ginger
10 shallots
40 pcs Thai chillies
5 cloves garlic
1 cup water

Blend all with the water to get the chilly paste



1) Heat the oil and fry the chilli paste and turmeric powder until the oil separates.
2) Add in the coconut milk, asam keping, salt, sugar and kerisek. Stir and mix well. Add in the kafir lime leaf, turmeric leaf, water and chicken. Simmer again until dry (5-10 minutes)
3) Ready to serve.



The open house


Open house in Malaysian context means everyone is welcomed to visit at all time of the day and night without prior appointment or notice. Special dishes,sweet meats and cakes are served all day and night for the guests. This is the time to eat Rendang, ketupat,lemang and dodol (sweet glutinous rice cake) to name just a few.

It is still practiced in the rural areas but in the cities usually most people would allocate a certain date and time for open house. This is because most city dwellers have left the cities and are in their hometown to celebrate Eid. Then there are also open house organised by politicians and royalties in various states.

It is a good culture coz every race can join in the celebration. Open house is no longer restricted to Eid but has also been adopted during other celebrations like Chinese New Year, Deepavali and X'mas.

We just have to have some self restrain during these open house, not to eat until we drop and become anaconda at the end of each day for all 30 days of Shawal. Then all the fasting during Ramadhan will come to nought.

As per a Malay sayings:

Hilang kemarau setahun dek hujan sehari


A year's drought obliterated by rain in a day.

Happy Eid to all. I hope when we are eating all the good food, just spare a thought for the hungry and needy around the world regardless of religion and creed coz hunger and poverty is the same in whatever language and faith.

Till we meet aagain , take good care of yourself.

Salam Dunia by M.Nasir (Salam to the World)

Jazakum Allahu Khairan.

source of Upin & Ipin graphic:
source of Salam Dunia vid:


  1. Assalamulaikum, Umi.

    Dry chilli chicken rendang, hmmm ... yummy.
    I wish that I can take a bite.

    You are right that when we celebrate Eid we must not forget that there are some of who are not fortunate to celebrate the way that we do.

    Semoga anda selalu sehat dan bahagia.

  2. @H.Nizam
    W/salam Harry

    Ya too bad that you can only view. It's hot and unforgettable with ketupat,finger licking good :)

    Ya we have to be thankful for our fortunate circumstance compared to the sick and poor of this world. Never should we forget them and give generously when we can afford to do so.

    Semuga Harry juga sihat dan bahagia selalu

  3. salam ziarah..
    semoga sihat Puan dan keluarga..
    resepi ini mengingatkan saya Mak Cik
    sebelah rumah mak saya di Pahang..beliau
    asal Melaka, suka buat hidangan Hari Raya
    seperti ini..saya memang suka..

  4. @zulkbo

    Umi pertama kali rasa rendang ini di Jelebu. Terus minta resipi sebab sedap sangat tapi pedas la.Lagi sedap kalau ayam kampung.

    Terima kasih sudi singgah
    Salam buat sahabat seisi keluarga

  5. I love anything chicken, Umi. Glad to know that you're back blogging. Welcome back!

  6. melihat gambar dan membaca resep ayam kering cili api dari Umi jadi lapar.hehe

    saya belum pernah merasakan. tapi kalau ada waktu istri saya akan aku minta memasak dengan resep ini syukron

  7. @teecup

    Ya it's good to be back teecup
    Thanks for the visit

  8. @Wisata Murah

    Cubalah kira punya waktu
    Terima kasih kerana sudi singgah disini sahabat

  9. well i am not familiar with your cuisines but i think its delicious, visit me back here

  10. Hi Umi, I love rendang, it is fantastic and when I get the chance I am going to learn to cook it.
    I leave you with a link to the Jakarta Globe about food

  11. Looks so yummy, but can I remove the Thai chilli lol. Welcome back Umi..thanks for the visit too.

  12. @Christian Tadeo
    Thanks for dropping by Christian
    Ya sure I will visit you back
    Take care

  13. @Luke
    Hi Luke,
    Do learn. For info there are numerous ways of cooking rendang, according to district,state even country of origin. Isn't that exciting.
    Thanks for the link. Cool article.
    Take care Luke

  14. @A Woma's Note

    My dear of course you can. However I wouldn't know what is the taste going to be like hahaha.

    You can use fresh red chilli or dried red chilli instead in a smaller quantity.

    Thank you for visiting me. It's good to be back.

  15. u have a lovely space... love it totally.


  16. Thanks for sharing those recipes, I will try cooking those dishes.

  17. Hi Umi, I have cooked this recipe. It's was fabulous and my family loved it. Very tasty and mouth watering dish. But I have changed the amount of chillies because my niece and nephew won't eat spicy food. But it came out very delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Hope I will try more n give you genuine comment. Tc



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