Authentic Durban Chicken Curry
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Authentic Durban Chicken Curry

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Serves 6

Authentic Durban Chicken Curry is a pungent dish comprised of chicken simmered in a spicy gravy. It does not contain any saccharine ingredients. Key ingredients include garamasla, finely chopped onions and tomatoes, curry leaves and coriander.

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  • 6 chicken pieces cut into smaller portions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic
  • Half cup peas
  • 4 medium potatoes quartered
  • 2 medium sized onions sliced fine
  • 1 teaspoon garamasala
  • 1 tablespoon Chicken curry masala or chilli powder of choice
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • desired limit salt (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 6 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 500ml water


    1. Add half teaspoon oil to a heated heavy based pan. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides for a minute or two.
    2. Lower the heat. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add finely chopped onions. Fry for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add remaining oil. Add ginger and garlic.
    3. Add powdered spices. Mix. Braise for 2-3 minutes.
    4. Add half cup water. Mix. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix. Add chicken pieces. Add another cup water. Mix.
    5. Add potatoes and peas. Add salt. Add remaining water. Cover and allow to cook on medium heat for 25-30 minutes.
    6. Serve warm with rice and carrot salad.

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