Our Favourite Curry Recipes From Around the World

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Is there anything better than tender meat and tasty veggies enveloped in fragrant spices and creamy sauces? ‘Nope’ is the right answer to that question. Winter calls for comforting dishes to warm us from the inside out. We round up our favourite curry recipes ranging from Cape Malay to Thai to Indian-style for a range of tasty and colourful curries.

Cape Malay Curry

South Africa is truly a melting pot of cultures, and it shows in our influenced and diverse cuisine. Here’s some of our favourite Cape Malay curries.


Braaied Lamb Tomato Bredie

A bredie is very similar to a stew, but with the addition of spices. This is a classic Malay dish and is perfect for serving a hungry crowd. Browning the meat on the braai gives an extra level of delicious flavour to this dish.

Recipe for Braaied Lamb Tomato Bredie

Spicy Cape Beef Curry

As saucy as they come – this beef curry is simple to make, yet steeped with so much flavour.

Recipe for Spicy Cape Beef Curry

Fruity Lamb Curry with Yellow Rice

South Africans are notorious sweet-tooth’s, so trust us to add a little fruitiness to our curry. The lamb knuckle marrow is the best part of this curry. Serve with yellow rice for the quintessential Cape Malay curry.

Recipe for Fruity Lamb Curry with Yellow Rice

Sophia’s Malay Chicken Curry

Chicken curry will always be a fave – the ginger, garlic and bay leaves make this an epic dish.

Recipe for Sophia’s Malay Chicken Curry

Tasty Thai Curry Recipes

Whether you like it red or green, Thai curry is always a winner!

Thai Green Chicken Curry

The OG Thai curry dish. This classic curry is made with fresh Thai green curry paste and a light base of coconut milk.

Recipe for Thai Green Chicken Curry

Thai Green Vegetable Curry with Lentils

A warming bowl brimming with Thai flavour and lentils in a fragrant coconut sauce.

Recipe for Thai Green Vegetable Curry with Lentils

Red Curry with Thai Chicken Meatballs

A mild Thai-inspired curry, with flavours of creamy coconut and fresh coriander.

Recipe for Red Curry with Thai Chicken Meatballs

Aubergine Thai Curry with Coconut Milk

This is a winning meat-free dish of baby eggplants cooked in a delish coconut sauce.

Recipe for Aubergine Thai Curry with Coconut Milk

Indian Curry Recipes

You can’t go wrong with these Indian curry recipes!

Pork Neck Vindaloo Curry

This Pork Neck Vindaloo is sure to become your new favourite curry. Cumin and clove perfectly complement the pork, while the dash of apple cider vinegar wake up the Kashmiri chilli powder and garam masala aromas.

Recipe for Pork Neck Vindaloo Curry

Cariema Isaacs’ Goan Beef Vindaloo

We’re ever indebted to Cariema and her father for this gem of a dish. The cardamom, chilli powder and tamarind paste make this an unforgettable curry!

Recipe for Cariema Isaacs’ Goan Beef Vindaloo

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Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

A gorgeously fragrant coconut chicken curry – serve with basmati rice and sambal.

Recipe Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

Rogan Josh Tomato Soup with Yoghurt Flatbreads

Talk about comfort in a bowl! Simple yet so delicious – you’ll want seconds.

Recipe for Rogan Josh Tomato Soup with Yoghurt Flatbreads

Indian Curry Recipes red goan fish curry
Indian Curry Recipes Lamb Shank vindaloo curry

Red Goan Fish Curry

A West Indian seafood curry full of punchy flavours, thanks to the fenugreek seeds and red chilli.

Recipe for Red Goan Fish Curry

Lamb Shank Vindaloo

This dish is not for the faint-hearted, only those who can withstand intense heat should attempt it.

Recipe for Lamb Shank Vindaloo

Indian Curry Recipes Rogan Josh Lamb Shanks
Indian Curry Recipes Korma Bunny Chows

Rogan Josh Lamb Shanks

Slow cooked, fall-off-the-bone lamb in a creamy sauce. Serve with basmati rice or naan to really send your taste buds over the edge.

Recipe for Rogan Josh Lamb Shanks

Chicken Korma Bunny Chows

A contemporary spin on the Durban classic. Hollowed out bread stuffed with Korma curry – what more could one ask for?

Recipe for Chicken Korma Bunny Chows

Indian Curry Recipes aloo gobi
Indian Curry Recipes tomato and coriander dhal

Aloo Gobi With Naan

A staple dish all over India and Pakistan. Enjoy as a starter or as a healthy veggie main meal.

Recipe for Aloo Gobi With Naan

Tomato & Coriander Dhal

We love the ease and simplicity of this Indian split lentil dish.

Tomato & Coriander Dhal

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Indian Curry Recipes North Indian Lamb Curry

Soft Shell Crab Curry

It’s always a good idea to cook shellfish in the shell, so that the whole dish is enriched with the seafood flavours. This soft shell crab curry will cost a bit to make, but it’s so worth it!

Recipe for Soft Shell Crab Curry

North Indian Lamb Curry

North Indian curries are a lot richer than the rest other regions, which is probably why we love them. This Indian lamb curry is a winner.

Recipe for North Indian Lamb Curry

Indian Curry Recipes Chicken Tikka masala
Indian Curry Recipes Butter Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala

What could be more enjoyable than sitting down to a bowl of chicken tikka masala?

Recipe for ChickenTikka Masala

Butter Chicken

A quintessential Indian curry recipe, butter chicken (murgh makhani) has wormed its way into the homes of kitchens around the globe.

Recipe for Butter Chicken

Extra’s for your Indian Feast

Every curry needs some sides, these are some we can’t do without…

Indian Curry Recipes Broccoli chickpea bhajis
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Broccoli & Chickpea Bhajis

Get your guest excited for your curried feast, starting with these moreish bhajis.

Recipe for Broccoli & Chickpea Bhajis

Simply Naan Bread

Now that you have the perfect curry, lap it all up with our simple naan bread.

Recipe for Simple Naan Bread

Curious about the different types of Indian curry? Check out our Guide to Indian Curry & Inspired Recipes.

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