Cape Malay chicken curry with yellow rice

Spice up chicken thighs in a South African curry, packed with flavourful spices and served with a side of sweet, fragrant rice

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 20 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 605
  • fat 19g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 74g
  • sugars 13g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 32g
  • salt 1g


  • 2 tbsp sunflower or rapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • seeds from 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 1 large red chilli, halved, deseeded and sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp mango chutney
  • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled
  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 500g potatoes, cut into chunks
  • small pack coriander, chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 350g basmati rice
  • 50g raisins
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed


  1. Heat the oil in a large, wide pan. Add the onion and fry for 5 mins until softened, stirring every now and then. Stir in the garlic, ginger and cloves, and cook for 5 mins more, stirring frequently to stop it sticking. Add all the remaining spices and the fresh chilli, stir briefly, then tip in the tomatoes with 2 cans of water, plus the chutney and crumbled stock cube.

  2. Add the chicken thighs, pushing them under the liquid, then cover the pan and leave to cook for 35 mins. Stir well, add the potatoes and cook uncovered for 15-20 mins more until they are tender. Stir in the coriander.

  3. About 10 mins before you want to serve, make the rice. Put the butter, rice, raisins, sugar and spices in a large pan with 550ml water and 0.5 tsp salt. Bring to the boil and, when the butter has melted, stir, cover and cook for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and leave undisturbed for 5 mins. Fluff up and serve with the curry.

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