Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik

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Deliciously aromatic and full of flavour! The beautiful blue rice just brims with fragrance, while authentic side dishes elevates the whole platter. This Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik recipe is shared by home cook Fong Luan.

Nasi Kerabu malaysian signature dish close up shot

A feast for the eyes and the tummy – Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik!

Nasi Kerabu a traditional Kelantanese dish that is visually captivating and packed with flavours. The striking blue colour of the rice is extracted from butterfly pea flowers and the fragrance comes from the rich herbs it is cooked with. In this Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik recipe, we plate the rice with prawn crackers, solok lada, salted egg, ulam, grated coconut and Ayam Percik, well just to name a few.

Nasi kerabu blue pea flower natural colouring

Natural blue colouring from the blue pea flowers

The secret to making tasty and tender Ayam Percik is the cooking method. In this recipe, we’re using Kee Song fresh whole chicken leg as it is deliciously tender when cooked with any cooking method. Firstly, we marinate the chicken and leave it aside to absorb in the flavours. Next, we bake it and this helps to make the meat tender. Lastly, we then coat the chicken evenly with chilli gravy and grill it in the oven. This step allows the sauce to absorb into the chicken and makes it really delicious!

Nasi kerabu with ayam percik keesong chicken legs

In this recipe, we’re using Kee Song fresh whole chicken legs

Nasi kerabu with ayam percik pour chilli gravy

Pour the chilli gravy over the baked chicken leg and coat it evenly.

Dish your plate with a mound of rice, fresh herbs, vegetables, delicious Ayam Percik, salted egg, grated coconut and a dollop of sambal belacan! Don’t just stare and adore this kaleidoscope platter, make this Kelantan speciality for your family and they will be hooked!

Nasi kerabu with ayam percik malaysian dish

Serve this traditional Kelantanese dish with a dollop of sambal belacan on the side!

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No. of servings: 4 pax

Preparation Time: 1 hr 30mins |  Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 2 hrs


Ayam Percik

  • 4 pcs Kee Song chicken leg
  • Tamarind juice (1 tbsp tamarind paste, mixed with 2 tbsp water)
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp corn flour + 4 tbsp water
  • Freshly grated coconut, toasted

Chicken leg ingredients (A)

  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • ½  tsp of fennels powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of chicken stock

Chilli paste ingredients (B) to blend

  • 1 thumb size fresh ginger
  • 1 thumb size galangal
  • 1 thumb size fresh turmeric
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 10 fresh red chilli
  • 10 big shallots
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • 10 candlenuts
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

Blue pea flower rice ingredients 

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 ½ cups water, from blue pea flower
  • 30 – 50 dried blue pea flowers, soaked in hot water
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
  • 2 kaffir leaves, tear roughly
  • 2 slices galangal

Served together with the following herbs

  • Kaffie lime leaves – shred
  • Turmeric leaves – shred
  • Torch ginger bud – cut into thin strips
  • Lemongrass – cut into small pieces
  • Wing bean – blanched for 1 min and cut into small pieces

Cooking Direction

Step 1: Cook the blue rice

  • Soak blue pea flowers in 2 ½ cups hot water.
  • Remove blue pea flowers from the water and pour into the rinsed rice. Soak for 10 mins.
  • Add in kaffir lime leaves, galangal and lemongrass. Cook the rice as per normal.

Step 2: Marinate the chicken

  • Place the chicken legs in a mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix ingredients (A).
  • Pour it over the chicken leg, rub it evenly. Cover and transfer to the chiller, marinate for at least 1 hour.

Step 3: Bake the chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 180oC for 20 mins.
  • Remove the chicken from the fridge and let it sit in room temperature till the oven is ready.
  • Transfer the chicken into the oven and bake it for 20 mins. Once it is cooked through, set aside.

Step 4: Blend the chilli paste

  • In a blender, add in ingredient [B]. Blend till smooth.

Step 5: Cook the chilli gravy and grill the chicken

  • In a wok, add in chilli paste and fry for 5 – 10 mins till fragrance. Add in tamarind juice, coconut milk and chicken stock. Bring it to boil and reduce to medium heat. Simmer for 10 – 15 mins. Add in salt, sugar and cornflour mixture. Switch off the fire.
  • Pour the chilli gravy over the baked chicken leg, coat it evenly.
  • Transfer the chicken leg into the oven. Use top heat and grill at 200oC for 15 mins. If you like it more char, you may grill it longer.

Step 6: Assemble and serve

  • In a serving plate, surround the rice with Ayam Percik, fresh herbs/vegetables and other side dishes.
Nasi kerabu with ayam percik homecook

Recipe adapted from Fong Luan

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