Simple Durban Chicken Curry Recipe

Durban Chicken Curry

Today, I felt like a hot, red & oily Durban Chicken Curry, nothing fancy, just good ol’ home cooking – and that is what I set out to make.

You may notice that I used a food processor to chop the onions. Works like a bomb.

I go into more detail about this here in my blog post, “The Easiest Durban Chicken Curry EVER


  • 150200ml Sunflower Oil (or to your preference)
  • 3 Onions
  • 2 Fresh Green Chillies (or to your preference)
  • 1 Dried Red Chilli (or to your preference)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped  Ginger & Garlic
  • 1.5kg Chicken Pieces (I used Thighs & Drumsticks)
  • 3 Large Jam Tomatoes
  • 6 Tablespoons Durban Curry Lovers, ORIGINAL BLEND, All-in-One Masala
  • 3 Large Potatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Dhania
  • Fresh Curry Leaves (oops)


  1. Add the oil to your pot
  2. Add the onions & chillies and sauté until they are soft
  3. Add the ginger & garlic and sauté until incorporated into the onions
  4. Add the masala, mix well and allow the masala to temper until the pot goes dry. (do not allow the masala to burn, keep mixing)
  5. When the pot cooks dry, add some water to the masala, mix and allow the water to cook off again.
  6. Add the tomato, mix and allow to cook until the tomatoes break down into the sauce and the oil starts to separate.
  7. Add the chicken, mix well and braise until the pot cooks dry.
  8. Add got kettle water, mix and allow the chicken to cook for a few minutes.
  9. Add the potatoes, mix, add more water if required
  10. After 5 mins check for salt
  11. Simmer until the potatoes are soft and the chicken is cooked through to the bone. (around 30min +-)
  12. Serve with rice, roti or however you like it. I love pap with chicken curry, so that is what I had
  13. Serve with your favourite sambal or salad. I made a simple carrot salad.


Pap is a maize meal that is cooked until it is firm, fairly similar to ‘grits’ in the USA.
It is a staple food in South Africa and is a very popular accompaniment at a South African Braai.

Keywords: Durban Curry, Durban Chicken Curry, Pap, Carrot Salad