Cape Malay Curry Recipe


The Cape Malay people of South Africa are famous for their delicious, flavourful and spicy foods. Often slightly sweet, and richly fragrant, Cape Malay food is a hallmark of Cape Town cuisine. Here at GOLD, many Cape Malay dishes feature on our menu, with this unique South African cuisine a firm favorite amongst all that visits us. One of the most loved, and perhaps the easiest to try at home is our Cape Malay Curry Recipe:


  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt, milled black pepper, vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, roughly sliced
  • 2 sticks cassia or cinnamon
  • 10g crushed garlic
  • 10g crushed ginger
  • 30g roasted masala (see recipe here)
  • 5g turmeric
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 400g tin whole peeled tomatoes, chopped in their juices
  • 400g tin coconut cream


Cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a little oil in a large pot and fry the onion until golden.

Stir in the cassia or cinnamon, garlic, ginger, masala and turmeric.

Add the tomato and stock and cook for 10 – 15min.

Add the coconut cream and bring to boil.

Add chicken to the pot, cover, and simmer very gently for about 10 minutes until cooked.

Shelf life: 2 -3 days if stored in air tight container in the fridge.

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