This quick and easy coconut chicken curry recipe from Food Stuff, by Tony Jackman, R320, (Human & Rousseau) pairs perfectly with your favourite craft beer

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  • 2T ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1t cumin seeds
  • 1t fennel seeds
  • 1t black mustard seeds
  • 6 cardamom seeds in their pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 small onion, chopped very finely
  • 3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3–4 chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips on the diagonal
  • 2–3 red chillies, finely chopped, with their seeds
  • 2T lime juice
  • 2T dark soy sauce
  • 1 can coconut cream (not milk)
  • salt to taste
  • Asian noodles or basmati rice, to serve


  1. Melt the ghee in a wok.
  2. Add the jeera, fennel, mustard and cardamom seeds, as well as the bay leaves and cinnamon stick, and braise until the seeds start to crackle.
  3. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened.
  4. Add the chicken strips and chopped chilli and stir-fry until the chicken turns creamy white all over; only a couple of minutes as you don’t want it to overcook.
  5. Stir in the lime juice and soy and then immediately pour in the coconut cream while stirring.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Simmer, stirring, for 2–3 minutes and serve with Asian noodles or basmati rice.