Cape Malay Chicken Curry: How Tasty

Recipe and images courtesy of: South African Fruit.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry: How Tasty

This Indian-influenced curry is a fragrant combination of chicken, onions, garlic, South African apple and sweet potato with turmeric, chillies, cumin and cardamom.

It’s a spicy, warming treat!

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

Cape Malay Chicken Curry: How Tasty

How To Make A Cape Malay Chicken Curry:

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves 4


  • 20g butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 1tsp ground turmeric
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 6 cardamom pods, bashed to split them
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 500g chicken breast, chopped into chunks
  • 1 South African Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 200g sweet potato, peeled, cored and diced
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 200ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 2tsp cornflour, blended with a little cold water

To Serve: 

  • 200g basmati rice
  • 5cm piece of cucumber, very finely chopped
  •  6tbsp natural yogurt
  • Finely sliced red onion
  • chopped coriander to garnish

How To Make Cape Malay Chicken Curry:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add the chilli, turmeric, cumin, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick and fry gently for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes to seal, then add the apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, stock and coriander.
  4. Simmer gently, partially covered, for 30-35 minutes, topping up with a splash of hot water if needed.
  5. About 10 minutes before the end of cooking time, put the rice on to cook in lightly salted simmering water. Cook for 10 minutes, or until tender.
  6. Mix the cucumber and yogurt together and season with a pinch of salt.
  7. Thicken the curry with the blended cornflour, then serve with the rice and cucumber raita, garnished with red onion and chopped coriander.

Cook’s tip: Use regular potato instead of sweet potato, if you prefer.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

Cape Malay Chicken Curry: How Tasty

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Recipe and images courtesy of: South African Fruit.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

Cape Malay Chicken Curry: How Tasty

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Recipe and images courtesy of: South African Fruit.

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