Discover Executive Chef Kevin Joseph's signature lamb curry recipe to try for yourself at home.
No visit to Durban is complete without enjoying an authentic curry.
Curry was introduced to the Colony of Natal over 150 years ago by indentured laborers who came from India, to work in the sugar cane fields. The word ‘curry’ comes from the Tamil word ‘kari’ which means ‘sauce’. The unique flavours of Indian cooking, which were embraced by British settlers and the Zulus, have been developed over time to make the ‘Durban curry’, famous around the world.
Durban curries, which are usually hotter, are coloured red with tomatoes, chilies and cayenne pepper. Expert curry makers from Durban boast that a typical Durban Masala curry powder has about 12 different ingredients in the blend. These include ground coriander, cinnamon, cumin, curry leaves, fennel seed, dried chilies and cayenne pepper, as well as ginger and garlic. The array of tasty Durban curries encompass many glorious dishes made from chicken, prawns, fish, beef and vegetables, but the most popular choice is lamb or mutton.
Executive Chef Kevin Joseph at The Oyster Box, shares his signature recipe for his lamb curry. If you're Vegetarian, you can substitute the meat with vegetables of your choice or perhaps paneer.
Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour
Serves: 4 people
Kevin’s curry powder mix is a carefully guarded secret but we can share what goes in it with you. As for the measurements - only Kevin knows!
For more recipe ideas, check out our at-home blogs for inspiration.