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Chicken Curry and Putu

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Chicken Curry and Putu, an African dish putu pap, which is also known as Krummelpap or “crumbly porridge,” it’s a staple dish of South Africa


1 kg chicken drummers
1 medium onion
2 large potatoes
2 tomatoes
3 sticks of cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1 leaflet of curry leaf
1 tsp ground ginger n garlic
1 tbsp turmeric
6 tbsp extra special curry powder
1/4 cup peas
Sunflower oil is enough to cover the base of the pot
Salt to taste


Fry onions, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf till onion turns golden brown,
Add ginger, garlic, and curry leaves.
Add the turmeric, chili powder, and diced tomatoes
Add salt and let simmer until gravy has formed.
Add your chicken drummers and potatoes and cook on high heat.
Add water about half a cup and let the curry cook.
Test potatoes to see if it’s soft. As soon as the potatoes cook the drummers will be cooked too. Switch off stove

Putu is made with mealie meal:

2 cups water
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 tablespoon salt
4 cups mealie meal


Bring water to a boil and add oil and salt.
Add mealie meal and stir. Breaking the little lumps that form
Cook on medium heat
Using a fork keep breaking the lumps from under to top.
You will know when putu is cooked.  When you make a tiny ball from the putu and try and bounce it on the floor. If it bounces it’s cooked.
Note I didn’t add a lot of spices. Enjoy dear friend
Prepared, tried, and tested by: Daphne Pillay

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