Cape Malay Chicken Curry
Recipe RatingTraditional Cape Malay curries are spicier and less hot than Indian curries, they are also drier.
They can also be somewhat, not very, sweet depending on the recipe and the cook.
This Cape Malay Chicken Curry was another recipe passed onto me by my friend Mymoena Davids a very, very long time ago.
You can use whatever chicken portions you wish for this dish
, Either a chicken cut into portions, drumsticks, thighs (or a mixture of both) or even chicken breasts.
Chicken Curry Ingredients
1kg (1lb 3oz) Chicken portions
5ml (1tsp) chopped fresh ginger
5 cloves garlic
450g (1lb) potatoes
45ml (3tbsp) vegetable oil
6 fresh curry leaves (optional)
OR8 dried (optional) 8 cardomon pods
5 sticks cinnamon
2 star anise
3 medium onions
2½ml (½tsp) mustard seeds (optional) 250ml (1cup) water
45ml (3tbsp) tomato purée
10ml (2tsp) leaf masala (may use mild curry powder)
15ml (1Tblsp) turmeric
5ml (1tsp) salt
10ml (2tsp) ground cumin
5ml (1tsp) ground fenugreek
5ml (1tsp) fennel powder
60ml (2tbsp) chopped fresh dhania (coriander) leaves (optional)
Preparing the Chicken CurryWash and dry the chicken pieces
Rub the chopped ginger and garlic over the chicken and let stand for +/-10 minutes
Peel and quarter the potatoes
Heat the oil in a saucepan and lightly saute the curry leaves (if using) remove the leaves from the pan and set aside
Ensure that the oil is hot and then add the onions, cardomom, cinnamon, star anise, and mustard seeds (if using)
Saute lightly until the onions become transparent and the mixture is a rich golden brown colour
Add the water and bring to a rolling boil
Add the tomato pureacute, leaf masala, salt and chicken, return to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
Add the potatoes, cumin, fenugreek, fennel and the sauteacute'd curry leaves (if using)
Simmer for a further 35 minutes or until the chicken is tender, adding the coriander leaves (if using) about 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time
There you have, what I'm sure you'll find, the very best and most delicious traditional Cape Malay Chicken Curry you've ever tasted
Serve with rice or Malay roti
Serves 6 :- Enjoy
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