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Today’s recipe is a rustic and authentic, Indian chicken curry.  This is a fabulous dish, perfect for dinner with the family, or to serve guests. Using a good-quality curry powder or paste takes all the work out of making this. For the best flavour, make it the day before and reheat. This curry uses whole pieces of chicken instead of chopped up pieces of chicken, which is a little bit different to your ordinary curry.

Preparation & Cooking time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves 6 people


  • 6 pieces of chicken (thighs and legs)  – with the skin on for flavour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder or paste
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Greek-style (plain) yogurt
  • Salt, black pepper paprika
  • chopped fresh coriander to garnish (optional)
  • Rice


Cook your rice according to the instructions on the packet. Wash and rinse the rice, until the water is clear. Place in a saucepan/pot with double the amount of water; a little salt and a drop of oil.  Allow to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for 10-15 mins without uncovering the pan.

Season chicken with salt, pepper and paprika

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok. Add the chicken and brown it on all sides for 6–8 minutes over a medium heat.   Add and cook the onions in the pan for 5 minutes until golden brown, add the garlic and curry powder or paste; stirring continuously.

Add the stock, tomato purée and sugar. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until cooked through, turning the chicken pieces halfway through.

Remove the chicken to a serving dish. Heat the sauce on high heat for 2–3 minutes until thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in yoghurt. Add extra seasoning (salt, pepper, paprika) if necessary; pour the sauce over the chicken. Scatter chopped coriander over the top.


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Plate up your fluffy rice; and spread the thick and creamy chicken curry over the top.  Enjoy


Kanta Temba is a cake maker and decorator. She is also the owner and founder of Kanta Kakes – cake shop.

You can find her work on www.kantakakes.comFollow her on twitter @KantaKakes and Instagram @KantaTemba.

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  1. Kanta, what type of Indian Curry has neither Tandoori Masala nor Garam Masala…there is no such thing as curry powder this is a packaged ingredient.


    • What I’m saying is that a chef should use as many individual spices as possible…curry powder is mere blend of those spices…for that authenticity in taste substitute it for those spices. Only a lazy chef uses curry powder!!


  2. Just can’t get over the tomato puree or canned ones. I know they make cooking easy but Kanta darling, those are full of chemicals. Okay, even the natural ones are full of them but way lower that the ones you use in your recipes. What happened to using the ingredients in their natural form? You will agree that it is way healthier cooking.


  3. Kanta, (this is not your field BUT a lot of Zambian girls/women/mothers most probably read your columns). What’s this craze about artificial straight hair (FIMA WIGS/EXTENSIONS) even the so called educated ones. I was looking at wedding pics (attended by 1st Lady) on this blog site & could NOT spot any one (lady) on these wedding pics with Natural African hair. Do you (ladies) ask yourselves on how many white or Indian or Chinese ladies wear kinky hair WIGS/EXTENSIONS? I salute South African BLACK ladies. At least they are proud of how God created them. A LARGE PROPORTION SPOT THEIR NATURAL HAIR PROUDLY and wow their natural curves! Would you mind using a different photo that accentuates your natural beauty rather than artificial straight hair UNIFORMS that are in my view are a…


    • CONTD: Would you mind using a different photo (WITH NATURAL HAIR) that I am sure will accentuate your natural beauty rather than artificial straight hair UNIFORMS that are in my view are a manifestation of a deep rooted inferiority complex. I know its a personal choice BUT this wholesale trashing of African Naturalness/Attributes need to be faced squarely in its face! What message are we sending to our offsprings?



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