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Sunday, January 22, 2017

African Supermarket Meal

African Supermarket Meal, Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe.

 In South Africa, the United East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) colonized portions of Southeast Asia, mainly Malaysia and Indonesia and practiced slavery in the South African Cape.

 Those people that opposed the colonization and occupation of their lands by the Dutch in Asia were taken as political prisoners or shipped to exile at the Cape of Good Hope as slaves. The ex-imprisoned people today are known as Cape Malay.

 Popular among Malay people are dishes such as chicken curry. Stews, roasts and baked vegetables form part of the Malay cuisine and the food is very spicy.

Cape Malay Chicken Curry

African Supermarket Meal Cape Malay Chicken Curry Recipe
Cape Malay Chicken Curry

6 bone-in chicken thighs
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large white potatoes, diced
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 ground white pepper
2 teaspoons salt
Bizmellah a Cape Malay restaurant in South Africa
Bizmellah a Cape Malay
restaurant in South Africa
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
1 large hot chili pepper, diced
2 tablespoons mango jelly
3 cups water or coconut water


Heat the oil in a large, wide pan. Add the onion and fry for five minutes until softened. Stir in spices. Add vegetables, stir then add chicken, cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes until the chicken is tender. Serve over rice.

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