Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Durban with it's rich influence of Indian culture is famous for traditional curries and a wide variety of sweet as well as spicy delicacies. If you like South African Indian cuisine this awesome Durban chicken curry is the perfect recipe to try! This is a real crowd pleaser especially on one of those chilly South African winter nights!
  • 500gr Chicken pieces
  • ¼ cup Oil
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 6 Fresh Curry leaves
  • 2 Cardamom
  • A few Cloves, Peppers and All Spice (juniper berries)
  • 1 piece Stick Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Chopped Tomatoes (I use canned tomatoes)
  • 2 Tsps Ginger and Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander powder
  • ½ Tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 Tsp Tumeric
  • ½ Teas Gharum masala
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Small Eggplant peeled and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 Large Potatoes cut into cubes
  • 2 Cups of water
  • ½ Cup of Green Peas (optional)
  • Coriander for Garnishing
  1. Heat oil in a heavy-based pot over medium- high heat.
  2. Add the onion,curry leaves,cardamom,cloves,peppers,all spice and stick cinnamon and braise until onions are a light golden colour.
  3. Add chicken,ginger and garlic,salt,sugar, eggplant if using,spices and chopped tomato.
  4. Add a ½ cup of water and simmer gently for approx 10 mins.
  5. Add the potatoes and another ½ cup of water and continue to simmer for another 10 mins.
  6. Continue adding water until the chicken and potatoes are done you have a nice thick gravy.
  7. Just before serving add half a teaspoon of gharum masala and some chopped coriander.
  8. Serve hot with rotis or rice
Tip! The peeled eggplant will dissolve while cooking and thicken the gravy beautifully!
This recipe tastes even more awesome the next day!
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