South African Recipe

I haven’t spent much time in my kitchen the last few days, it’s been light meals and rushing around. My middle son has started college, and yes he is studying at a culinary school, wants to become a chef so he can teach his mum a few professional tricks. Our home feels empty with 2 of my boys now almost out the house, my 17 year old is staying at the college residence. Although he drove me crazy when he was at home I miss him terribly. The only positive is that I got to cook a Spicy Durban Chicken Curry, only because I didn’t have to hear his moans about the fact that he hates Chicken Curry and even more so if it was chicken on the bone.

This Spicy Durban Chicken Curry will definitely tantalize your tastebuds with it’s robust flavours. There are many different versions of cooking a chicken curry but my favourite is this one, cooked the South African Indian way with no fancy frills, just plain old chicken curry.

If you have eaten a curry cooked in a South African Indian home you will know a lot of our meat dishes are cooked with meat on the bone. The bone adds loads of flavour to the sauce or gravy as we know.

We do cook our chicken curry very similar to the way we would cook a Durban Lamb Curry https://itsallaboutthekitchen.co.za/recipe/durban-lamb-curry/ . There’s is no quick fix to cooking a delicious curry, you cannot achieve the same results if you just add all the ingredients to the pot and just cook it in a hurry. You do have to layer the flavours, saute your onion and garlic, roast your spices and let the curry simmer on a low heat. The longer it simmers the more flavourful it becomes. It’s even more delicious if you allow it to stand for a while before serving.

I remember my mum sometimes cooked the chicken curry and then popped it into the oven for a short while, this totally enhanced the flavour of the curry. Like I have mentioned in a previous post it is best to roast your spices and grind them, you can store them in an airtight bottle. I don’t grind a whole lot, just enough to last me a couple of weeks so that way I know it still maintains its freshness. Nothing beats freshly ground spices.

If you love curries then you may also want to try some of these recipes:

https://itsallaboutthekitchen.co.za/recipe/mince-curry-potatoes/

https://itsallaboutthekitchen.co.za/recipe/gadra-borlotti-bean-curry/


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Spicy Durban Chicken Curry
Spicy Durban Chicken Curry cooked with Indian Spices
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Instructions
  1. Heat ghee and add the whole spices, cinnamon, bay leaf, elachie, black elachie, star aniseed. When it becomes fragrant add onion, chilli and curry leaf
  2. Saute until onion is slightly brown
  3. Add ginger/garlic paste and saute for a further minute
  4. Add the ground spices, coriander, cumin, soomph, chilli powder, masala and turmeric
  5. Mix well, add a few drops of water to prevent scorching and fry for a minute
  6. Add the chicken and potatoes. Season with salt. Simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes
  7. Add half cup of water and simmer until potatoes are tender and soft. The tomatoes and amount of water I've added creates enough gravy, however you can add more if required. Please note that your gravy should be thick, not runny
  8. Sprinkle in the garam masala and crush the methi leaves with your fingertips and add it in. Mix well. Turn heat off and allow your curry to stand at least half an hour before serving.
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I know, you must think I’m crazy, making lamb stew in summer. My 10-year-old has been nagging me to make him Lamb Stew for a few weeks now. I’ve brushed off his request but today the weather was slightly cooler, a little overcast and looked as if it was going to rain. So I thought it was my chance to get that Lamb Stew out-of-the-way, I hope he won’t ask again until Winter arrives.

You should have seen that face light up when he got home from school. It makes it all worth it if my kids are happy. It’s also a good way to get them to eat their veggies, what’s more nutritious than a wholesome stew loaded with veggies.

If I had more time in the day I would make some freshly baked bread rolls to go with the stew. Nothing beats dunking some fresh bread into all that delicious sauce. I don’t have time so they will have to settle for store-bought bread rolls. I have a cousin who makes a super delicious lamb potjie and my kids think it’s the best thing ever. A potjie in the week will obviously not be a wise decision so I normally turn it into a stew. She did give me the recipe but I didn’t make it exactly like her potjie,  however, it still tastes absolutely yummy. You can’t beat the comfort you get from a good home-cooked stew.

I added carrots, baby marrows and potatoes to my stew but you can use any veggies of your choice. Please be careful when adding veggies to the stew, as some cook quicker than others.  It’s also best to let your stew simmer on low heat until you get melt-in-your-mouth lamb. Please do try it, if you want to wait until Winter that’s okay too.

 


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Easy Lamb Stew

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MAIN COURSES LAMB
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil on medium heat. Mix the flour into the lamb cubes and season with a little salt and some pepper. Brown meat and set aside

  2. In the same pot add onion, bay leaf and thyme, rosemary and chilli. Add a few drops more oil if required. Once onion is translucent add the garlic and sauté for a minute

  3. Add the chilli powder and fry for a minute. Add the lamb back to the pot and mix well.

  4. Add the tomatoes and cook until the sauce is nearly dry. Mix the stock cube in one cup of warm water and add to the lamb

  5. Cook for about 15 minutes until lamb is half-cooked. Add the carrots and potatoes. Simmer on low heat until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Add another half cup of water if required

  6. Add the baby marrows and cook until they are tender


Recipe Notes

If you the tomatoes are too acidic you can add a pinch of sugar to your stew


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