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Hot Kick-Ass Spicy Durban Chicken Curry

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Hot Kick-Ass Spicy Durban Chicken Curry

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning ‘city’), nicknamed Durbs, is the third most populous city in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town and the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, and in addition to some beautiful beaches, it is known for its Indian-style curries.   

Yield: 4 portions

Hot Kick-Ass Spicy Durban Chicken Curry

Chicken with garlic, masala, tomatoes and dressed with coriander
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1kg skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks OR Chicken pieces
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Durban masala
  • 1 teaspoon jeera and coriander (Koljana)
  • 2 teaspoons mother in law spice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 5 teaspoons oil
  • 2 tomatoes, grated
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 potatoes cut in half


Rub chicken with curry powder, garam masala, salt.

Cover and set aside.

Place onion, garlic, ginger, mix above spices with 2 tablespoons of water and blend into a smooth paste.

Heat the oil in a large, lidded skillet over medium heat.

Cook and stir onion mixture until darkened about 7 minutes.

Stir in chicken and potatoes cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then add tomatoes.

Stir in 1 cup of water and bring the curry to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat to low and cook until the chicken and potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with fresh dhania. Serve with Basmati Rice



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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 719Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 309mgSodium 642mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 8gSugar 7gProtein 69g

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Durban curries are said to be much hotter than other curries

What Curry really means?

Curry to most people is a rich, flavorful gravy that usually has vegetables or meat, that you generously pour over rice. Sound familiar? It’s a term you usually use to refer to any dish in Indian cuisine, kind of like a generic category.

Is a curry healthy?

The spice blend is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and consuming it may help reduce oxidative stress, boost heart health, and improve blood sugar levels, among other potential benefits. The best part is that curry powder makes an excellent addition to a wide array of recipes

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