Main Meals

Crayfish curry

30 minutes
30 minutes

“This is one of my favourite curries and the best way to eat crayfish”

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  • 1 kg crayfish tails (approx. 20 tails)
  • 4 T sunflower oil
  • 2-3 large onions, grated
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and grated
  • 1 T garlic, crushed
  • 1 t crushed dried chillies (optional)
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 allspice
  • 1 t ground turmeric
  • 1 t garam masala
  • 1 T ground jeera (cumin)
  • 1 T seafood masala
  • 1 T mixed spice
  • 1 T leaf masala
  • 1 t salt
  • rice, for serving

1. Clean the crayfish, cut in half and devein. Wash well and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions until golden, 5–10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, green pepper, garlic and chillies and cook for 10 minutes. Add the remaining spices and salt and cook until the sauce is thick, about 10 minutes.

3. Add crayfish in their shells and cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes. Serve hot with rice.

Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Recipes: Sadiqah Assur-Ismail
Food assistant: Emma Nkunzana

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Sadiqah Assur-Ismail

Recipe by: Sadiqah Assur-Ismail

Sadiqah Assur-Ismail is a freelance photographer who has photographed many TASTE editorial features and digital campaigns. Follow her on Instagram @sadiqah_photography for more food photography.

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