Maureen’s Cape Malay curry

Maureen's Cape Malay curry

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  • 6 to 8
  • Easy
  • Dairy free
  • 15 minutes
  • 3 hours
  • Paul Cluver Riesling 2015


  • 1.5 kg free-range stewing lamb
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 t crushed garlic
  • 1 t crushed ginger
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 4 T Malay curry powder
  • 1 ½ T sugar
  • 1 x 70 g tomato paste can
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 T corn flour
  • 1 T spirit vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 t dried mixed herbs
  • 400 g baby potatoes, halved
  • Rice, for serving
  • Chutney, for serving
  • Sliced banana, for serving
  • Tomato-and-onion sambal, for serving
  • Coriander, to garnish

Cooking Instructions

Brown the lamb in a little oil, then set aside.

Fry the garlic, ginger and onions until soft. Add the bay leaves, curry leaves, cayenne pepper and curry powder and fry for 3 minutes.

Add the sugar, tomato paste, water, corn_ our, vinegar, seasoning and mixed herbs, stir and add the lamb.

Cook, covered, for 2 ½ hours, then add the baby potatoes and cook for a further 30 minutes. Serve with the rice, chutney, sliced banana and tomato-and-onion sambal, garnished with coriander.

Cook's note: ”I fondly remember the aroma of my mom’s curry wafting through the house. It’s a dish that’s all about family banter, third helpings and a serious doggie bag.” – Mark Serra

This recipe is part of TASTE's "Mother Knows Best" feature (May 2016), where the TASTE team convinced their mothers to share their secret recipes.

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