Recipe: Cape Malay chicken curry

By , 22 August 2017



Cape Malay chicken curry recipe

Serve with basmati rice and sambals.


This recipe serves 4 people.

Cape Malay chicken curry recipe ingredients

  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp (10ml) coriander
  • 2 tsp (10ml) cumin
  • 1 tsp (5ml) turmeric
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) garam masala
  • 1 x 400g tin tomatoes
  • ½ cup (125ml) chicken stock or water
  • 600g chicken pieces
  • ½ cup (125ml) coconut milk or plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) chutney
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    squeeze of lemon juice
    10g fresh coriander, chopped

Cooking method

  1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté onion, garlic, chilli and ginger for about 2 minutes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and garam masala and fry for further few minutes to release their flavours. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add chicken and cook, covered, for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Stir in the coconut milk and chutney. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  3. Serve curry with basmati rice and sambals. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

Wine pairing

This dish will work well with a white wine that has some residual sugar, a more full bodied Chenin Blanc an ideal match. Dare we say it, an IPA from your favourite craft brewer will also do the job.


2 comment(s)

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    Monika Heller | 9 June 2021

    I am living in Germany. Have been a guest in Winchester Mansions several times ago. – The recipe looks interesting to me and I plan to cook this curry. There is one question: Which kind respectively flavor of chutney has to be used. Over here we can find different kinds of chutney . I would appreciate an answer, if possible.
    Thanks an kind regards MH

      Christian Eedes | 10 June 2021

      Hi Monika, Sam Linsell of advises as follows: “Any kind of fruity / sweeter chutney would be great here, like Mrs Balls or a mango or pineapple chutney”.

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