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One of the oldest and largest ex-patriot Indian communities is in Durban, South Africa. Workers from the sub-continent have been there for over 250 years so the Durban curry has a bit of history as the forerunner to the chicken tikka masala type curries we know and love. It works equally well with any meat, including turkey and venison.


Beef recipes  


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 curry leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp curry masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ⅓ cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 500g diced beef
  • 2 small chillies, finely chopped (less if you don’t like it too hot)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 200ml stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into florets
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and curry leaves until the onion is soft and golden brown. Stir in the garlic, ginger and spices and cook for a couple of minutes over a medium heat.
  2. Add the beef and chillies, stirring well for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, half the stock and cook for about 10 minutes, before adding the tomato purée.
  3. Add the potatoes, cauliflower and remaining stock, and simmer gently for 1 hour. Remove the cinnamon, cardamom and curry leaves, and adjust the seasoning if necessary before serving.
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