Nyonya Curry A La Moo in 30 minutes!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Yes, you read that right.

Now you can fool everyone into thinking that you have spent the better part of the day in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove and pounding your neighbours crazy with your mortar and pestle, when in fact the only thing you've been crushing are candies.

Let Jamie do the hard work for you.

The older folks would probably baulk at his methods, but who  can afford to be a Stepford wife these days?
Cooking is therapeutic for me, and growing up watching my Granny cook has somehow made me associate cooking with good, comforting memories. Even though I love to cook, as a working Mum, I find it can be quite challenging to attempt to whip up a meal from scratch after a long hard day at work. I don't cook often enough these days, because I would much rather spend the extra precious time with the family.

We're fortunate to have my mother-in-law cook daily for us, and being of Peranakan descent, you can be sure that we're always well fed! The Peranakans are noted for their fussy palates, and it is said that a nonya can determine the culinary skill of a new daughter-in-law simply by listening to her preparing spice mix with a mortar. Fortunately, she's a modern matriach... otherwise DaddyMoo would not have such a wonderful wife! (Truth. He won't dare disagree)

Now that I have Jamie Oliver helping me in the kitchen, I can actually start cooking again without compromising too much family time!

Unboxing the Dude

Not styrofoam!! Green is in, honey!

Right now you're probably thinking: So bulky and cumbersome!! which was exactly what I thought when I opened the box.

I feel like a surgeon!! I'm holding the scalpel, by the way.

Actually, it was just the box and packaging that was bulky. When I deconstructed the contents, there were just the attachments and tools which usually comes with a food processor.

Figuring out what makes him blitz

So there I was, feeling rather overwhelmed by all the shiny stuff. I decided to ask the hubs to meet this new man in my life, because me and gadgets don't get along.

He looked at all the items, and put it together in less than 5 minutes. I was amazed (I suspect he was quite proud to be able to 'show off' to me) and told him I already gave up the moment I opened the instructions manual. He looked at it, and told me: "Women all over the world will find it difficult to put this together because they always refer to instruction manuals. It's actually very simple. Insert, fix and click. Always in a clockwise manner."

So our advice is - ignore that manual with the diagrams which need a magnifying glass to view. It was definitely not designed by Jamie who likes to keep things simple.

The attachments

  • Adjustable slicing disc for thin to thick slices (1mm - 7mm) 
  • Reversible shredding disc (fine or coarse)
  • Stainless steel chopping knife for chopping, cutting, mashing and mincing
  • Kneading tool for mixing dough and batter
  • Serrated knife for quick frozen deserts (yes! you can make sorbets and ice-cream, too!)
  • Metal double balloon beater for egg whites and cream (whipping and whisking)
  • Citrus press for pressing fresh juice

He's actually got everything covered! Now if only the machine also puts kids to bed...

Ok - let's get down to business!

Dancing with the Dude

I decided to test him out with a recipe from my mum-in-law because I've always enjoyed her chicken curry. She was more than happy to give it to me, because Peranakans (and Indonesians) are big on keeping traditions alive. The Nyonya version of the chicken curry (also called Curry Kapitan) is sweet with onion and fragrant with fresh spices. It's also dry, like rendang, unlike the regular curry with gravy adapted in other cultures. 

Nyonya Curry A La Moo

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4 adults


  • 4 whole Buah Keras (Candlenut) - you can substitute this with almonds or macadamia nuts.
  • 2 stalks of Serai (Lemongrass), sliced - remove the hard outer layer first.
  • 3 slices of Lengkuas (Galangal)
  • 15 whole Shallots
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of Curry powder - this can either be pre-made and stored, or bought off the shelf.
  • Red Chilli pepper (optional)
  • Chilli Padi (optional)
  • Quarter cup of water
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into parts.
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 5 Potatoes, cut in halves.
  • 3 pieces of Kaffir Lime Leaves - can be purchased from the wet market. Please substitute with 4 tablespoons of lemon juice if you can't find any.
  • 10 pieces of Curry Leaves - most supermarkets sell these.
  • Vegetable oil for frying. Do not use any oils which are naturally flavoured as this will affect the taste.
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Water

I cheated and bought whole chicken which has already been pre-cut at the supermarket.

While I was preparing the ingredients, I put the potatoes to boil, and drained them out while they were half cooked. I then soaked them in cold water to stop the cooking process. We don't want mashed potato curry!
Back in the olden days, pounding these will make a woman out of a girl.
Put the ingredients in Section A in the food processor, except for the curry powder and water. Blitz on #2 setting till it's almost finely chopped, then put the curry powder and water in.

Jamie cooks curry, too!
When the blitzing is done, the paste should look like this.

I would totally fail as a prospective daughter in law back in the olden days! Imagine having to pound the ingredients till it becomes this... because Jamie wasn't born yet.
Heat the oil, and put in the paste when it's semi-hot. If you wait till the oil is super hot, chances are you will be suffocated by the pungent fumes when spice meets oil, not to mention oil will splatter everywhere! Saute till fragrant. Make sure that you control the fire, so as to avoid burning the spice. If it's even slightly burnt, you have to start all over again, because it will affect the taste of the curry.

Add in the chicken, and make sure all pieces are evenly coated. Add in a cup of water, along with the kaffir lime leaves and curry leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes, before putting in the coconut milk. If you prefer it to be 'rich and creamy', add more.

"Cook, little wok!" This is my magic curry wok!
Add in salt and sugar to taste. Sugar is used to 'balance' the contrasting flavours and 'bring out' the taste individual ingredients. Put in the parboiled potatoes. The potatoes are not cooked together so that they would not 'disintegrate' during the cooking process while you stir the chicken to make sure that it's cooked evenly.

Leave the chicken to simmer for another 10 minutes, slightly longer if the pieces are larger. If it gets too dry, you can opt to add more water.

Serve with baguette or steamed rice.

That's it! We're done!

Nyonya Curry A La Moo. Curry in a hurry!

Keep life simple with the PHILIPS | Jamie Oliver range which includes a food processor (S$268), handblender (S$128) and blender (S$108).

Available at leading electronics and departmental stores.

DISCLAIMER: This review post is part of a series of sponsored conversations between PHILIPS Singapore and MummyMoo.

I have been compensated for this review, and a PHILIPS Jamie Oliver Food Processor has been given to me so that I will be able to present a first hand user experience. All content and opinions are, however, entirely honest, because I will never recommend anything that I myself would not use.


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  1. LOVEthe humor in this post! I LOL-Ed at "I feel like a surgeon"! Half an hour for curry? Challenge accepted!

    1. When you try it out, let me know? Can substitute with fish so Max can eat!

  2. Looks absolutely delish!! I suddenly thought of roti jala! Would go so well with it! drools....

    1. YA!!! I love roti jala... although now it's so blardy difficult to get some without resorting to making them!

      I wanna make... but that's another story altogether.

  3. Haha I love this post, Reg! and the name of your curry dish, perfeccctt! =) I may not be a working mum but I love easy meals! So thanks for hosting!

    1. Hahahha!! My MIL laughed and laughed when I told her. Then she say: Maybe we can compile all, and make cookbook:

      "Cook With Moo!"

      Ayoh. Cannot give her ideas leh.

  4. I want! Can cook n send some over here? :P

    1. You cook, and tell me how it goes! :D

  5. omg! it's not as expensive as i thought!! oh magic food machine... COME TO MAMA!!

    1. YAY!!! So how? Steady!

      You really can do a LOT of stuff with it, including ice-creams, meatballs and small cupcakes. Really worth it.

  6. Excellent post on the 'Dude' as well as the recipe. I'm printing the recipe out for keeps!

  7. U know where I stumble? Getting the ingredients! I don't even know what they mean.

    And no loh, yours truly is damn good with putting things together hor, with or without the manual :)

    1. Madeline our market has everything!



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