Chicken curry recipe

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Chicken curry recipe or lamb curry are very popular in Cape Town as the Cape Malay tradition is still very strong. Curry designates either a mix of spices originated from India that you can buy already mixed or that you can also do yourself; or a dish prepared with the mix of spices.

Curries are a common dish in Cape Town and we can find it on the menu of lots of restaurants. The best curry I've ever had was at the Noon gun restaurant who is situated on top of Bo-Kaap,273 Longmarket Street.

This is an easy dish to make!

Cape Malay chicken, mutton or fish curry (serve 6)


2 kg chicken or mutton or fish pieces

4 chopped onions

6 peeled and chopped tomatoes

6 potatoes cut in rough pieces

Frozen peas

1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 tsp garam massala, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin, 5 cardamom seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 5 crushed garlic cloves, 5 whole cloves

50ml sunflower seed oil

Fresh coriander

‘Side dish’

3 sliced bananas mixed with Bulgur yoghourt.

and get some chutney and naans to serve with.


Mix all spices.

Add the onions and fry the mixture with the oil for few minutes until it smells nice.

Add the meat, the tomatoes and 250ml of water. Simmer for around 1 hour until the meat is tender.

Add the potatoes and peas and cook for another 45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

Serve the curry sprinkled with chopped coriander, the banana dish, sweet chutney and naans on the side.


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