Cape Malay Chicken Curry

Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe - serves 4

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Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe - serves 4

Cape Malay Chicken Curry – serves 4


  • 1.5 kg chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 6 new potatoes
  • 2 tsp pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (soaked in warm water and drained)
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds (ground)
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 5 cardamom seeds
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper (coarsely ground)
  • Fresh coriander (garnish)

Preparation time: approx. 1 hour


  1. Mix all the spices together and peel and chop the ginger. Grind using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot or saucepan. Over high heat, fry the onion and garlic, stirring continuously. Add all the spices and continue stirring for about 2 min.
  3. Add the can of chopped tomatoes and stir. Add the chicken and stir well. Add the potatoes and all remaining ingredients. Turn down the heat until it simmers. Put a lid on and cook for about 20 min.
  4. Sprinkle over the sugar, lemon juice and salt. Simmer until everything is tender for another 20-30 min.
  5. Stir through and adjust seasoning to taste. Near the end of cooking, skim off the extra oil with a spoon.
  6. Serve with yellow rice and a selection of sambals, roti or naan

Tip: A side dish of banana in yoghurt goes well with this curry

Wine recommendation: Neethlingshof Gewurztraminer or Jacobsdal Pinotage

Up next: Apricot Mousse

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