It all started in 1988

My first proper bunny chow. Sitting on the pavement with my friends after a night out. This quarter loaf of bread filled with delicious curry, the crispy sambals and a few vinegar chillies to remind us that we were just boys.

Friday afternoons, we used to seek out the best bunny in one of the hundreds of curry dens in Durban. Every Saturday, we used to get together and cook a curry, each one of us trying to out do the other with some special trick, technique or family secret that we managed to acquire in the week.

Life was good and we considered ourselves curry masters.

Little did I know.

After 15 odd years of dazzling my wit ou friends with my curry skills, I was brought down to Earth in the form of my new housemates, 5 Indian sisters.

On their first night under my roof, I promised to cook them a curry which would change their life and establish my place as the master curry chef of the household.

5 Sets of eyes watched me like a hawk, as I started to prepare my masterpiece. 5 Sets of lips, whispering words to each other that I did not quite understand.

And then it happened.

5 Bodies, writing on the floor in uncontrollable laughter – just as I poured my 3rd tin of tomato and onion relish into the pot.

What a wonderful day that was. 6 Friends gathered together in the kitchen, laughing and sharing special moments. Even though the joke was at my expense, this is still what food is meant to be about.

I was hooked.

To cut a long story short. In 2018 I decided that I had again reached a plateau in my curry cooking adventure and decided to create a group on Facebook where I could unashamedly go back to my roots of begging & borrowing tips, tricks & family secrets from other curry chefs – and We are Durban Curry Lovers, was born.

Little did I know what I was in for.

You see…  cooking curry is a labour of love. Each meal is a special occasion which brings the family together and every dish is prepared with love & pride.

The one who cooks the curry, is the one who holds the family together. They just have something in them, which is the best of what we as humans can strive for.

These are special, beautiful people whose kindness has traversed distance, social groups, time & space, as they have indeed shared their tips, tricks & family secrets with myself and the other members of our group.

To all the people who have joined our very special group, I will always be thankful & forever in a debt of gratitude for your kindness in sharing your recipes & photos and for your never ending patience as I ask you for for the fifteenth time in the month, exactly how do you cut your tomato, or how many teaspoons of this or that did you put in your beautiful dish.

For this website & the tens of thousands of visitors per month, we still have a long way to go, and many more stories to tell.

I hope that you will find a little something special, each time you visit.

Kindest Regards & Much Love to you All.

Shane

But wait .. there is more, this particular story may end here, but another one has begun … and that is the story of my new friend, the genius spice master.

Read about The Birth of Durban Curry Lovers, All-in-One Masala.