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South African Durban Curry Recipe

South African Durban Curry Recipe

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South African Durban Curry Recipe

The Durban Curry is a delicious and spicy dish that’s mainly influenced by the Indian community in the metropolitan of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The history of the Durban Curry can be traced back to the 19th century, the recipes and cooking method for the dish were brought along by Indian labourers who were brought into the country to work on sugar cane plantations. 

Durban Curry forms part of the country’s cuisine, loved by locals and tourists from all over the world, it further reflects the heritage and diversity of South Africa.

Servings: 4

Keywords: Curry

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 0 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 mins




Curry Paste

  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Fennel Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger (chopped)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Salt

The Curry

  • Chicken, lamb, or beef (as preferred)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomatoes (diced)
  • Tomato paste
  • Water or vegetable/chicken stock
  • Coconut milk


  1. Combine all the ingredients and blend to get the curry paste.
  2. Pour vegetable oil into medium heat saucepan, add the curry paste and stir constantly for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the meat to the saucepan and stir and let it cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste to the saucepan and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Allow the mixture to boil under low heat for about 40 minutes.
  6. You can add the coconut milk and allow simmering for about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with rice or a preferred side dish.
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