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​Cape Malay Curry

Curry simply means “sauce” and does not have to be brain scorching hot at all. Cape Malay Curry has a slight sweetness to it. It originated in the West Indies and was brought to Africa from Indonesia and Malaysia. The complex flavors of curries are governed by just three things. Generous layering of fragrant spices, onion, and something to give it body. Then simply improvise. Make it as hot or mild as you want by adding chilies. The longer it sits the better it gets so left overs are even better tasting. It is naturally vegan unless you add meat.


Serves: 4 - 6

Prep time: 10 min

Cooking time: 45min - 2hrs


2 tsp oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cups chopped onion

2 medium potatoes, cubed

2 carrots, diced

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 ½ cups water

1 can coconut milk

1/3 cup apricot spread

Cilantro for garnish


1 cup uncooked rice

¼ cup raisins

½ tsp turmeric


1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp coriander

½ tsp fennel

½ tsp chili powder

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Rajah mild curry powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tbsp ginger

2 bay leaves

Optional: Chicken, Beef, Goat, Lamb

Use a deep pot, cast iron or heavy bottom pan. After sauteing spices it can be transferred to your crock pot.

Yellow Rice Instructions

  1. For every cup of rice, use 1 ¼ cups of water. Boil water and add salt in a pot with a tight-fitting lid or use your rice cooker.

  2. Add rice, turmeric and raisins. Stir once, or just enough to separate the rice.

  3. Cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. Do not lift the lid.

  4. Fluff rice with a fork.

Curry Instructions

  1. Heat a pan over low/medium heat (no oil). Add the spices (#1) and toast for 3 minutes.

  2. Add 2 tsp oil, onions, garlic, and cook on medium until soft. Stir well so everything is coated with spice mixture. About 5 minutes. (Be patient and turn heat down if needed, don’t burn the spices)

  3. Optional: Add chicken and brown for additional 5 minutes.

  4. Add potato, carrots, sweet potato, tomato paste, coconut milk and water. Mix thoroughly, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer.

  5. Cook until vegetables are fork tender (approximately 45 minutes, or 2 hours for chicken)

  6. Remove from heat. Add apricot spread and add extra salt to taste.

  7. Serve with yellow rice and garnish with cilantro.

Variations: You can add anything to this recipe. Spinach, cauliflower, lentils or add chicken, beef, lamb or goat. You simply cannot mess it up.

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