Cape Malay Curry

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When I buy a new cookbook or receive one to review, I cook my way through several recipes and tell my guys to give me their honest opinions. Hit me with your best shot and don’t hold back. I want to hear what they have to say about the recipes and why they like or don’t like how a dish turns out. I always give fair warning that we are trying something new, just so the boys are prepared. They’ll hang around, nosing in the pot or peeking in the oven, checking out what’s for dinner and giving early opinions on appearance and aromas. And I love that they are learning to identify ingredients and explain why they like or dislike something, not just say “Yum!” or “Gross.”

Sometimes new dishes are a hit, sometimes a miss, and sometimes “let’s not go back there ever again”. I am thrilled that this Cape Malay Curry was a total hit with thumbs up and requests for seconds (and even thirds) from all my guys. It’s from the new book Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy, by David Joachim, which just came out a couple weeks ago. The book is full of international dishes for busy families with some light makeovers. If you have an adventurous palate, this book is a good choice for your collection. There is food from many regions, and while some will be favorites, others will be brand new to you. Some of my favorites from the book include the Koshari (Egypt), Beef Bourguignon (France), Lemony Chicken Saltimboca (Italy), Champagne-Browned Butter Chicken (France), Flourless Almond Cookies (Almendrados, Spain), Argentinean Pork with Chimichurri, Indian Cashew Chicken, and this Cape Malay Curry from South Africa.

The mix of spices is just right; full of flavor but not too hot for the kids, and it’s balanced with tangy buttermilk and red wine vinegar plus sweet dried apricots and apricot spread. I made it with our homegrown bay leaves and the last of the garden bell peppers that we had stored in the freezer, and served it with brown basmati rice, though it will also go well with other rice or quinoa. All of the ingredients are easy to find in a well-stocked grocery store.

Cape Malay Curry - Andrea Meyers


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Cape Malay Curry
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Adapted from Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy, by David Joachim
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons sunflower oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion (about 2 medium)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound (454 g) beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-1/4 cups (300 ml) less-sodium beef broth or homemade beef broth
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper (about 1 medium)
  • 1/3 cup (53 g) chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup (96 g) apricot spread
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low-fat buttermilk

  • prepared brown basmati rice
  1. Combine the turmeric, cumin, coriander, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well.
  2. Heat the oil in the Dutch oven medium-high heat. Add the spice mixture and cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the onion and sauté just until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the ginger, bay leaves, and garlic, and sauté 15 seconds. Add the beef and sauté until the meat has started to brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the beef broth, water, bell pepper, apricots, apricot spread, and red wine vinegar, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1-1/2 hours. Uncover and discard the bay leaves. Simmer until the beef is very tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in buttermilk. Serve immediately.
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small bowl
5 to 6-quart Dutch oven with lid

Recipe Notes:

For our family of five, I make a double batch, which gives us leftovers for lunches. I sometimes even increase the sauce ingredients because my guys love the sauce that much.

If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own with a few drops of lemon juice in low-fat milk, or even stir together a tablespoon of sour cream with low-fat milk and let it rest a few minutes before adding to the pot.

The amount of sunflower oil (or whatever oil you are comfortable with) can vary depending on the type of cookware you use. Nonstick will generally require less oil.


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  1. says

    I love trying new flavors to help make eating healthy exciting. I need to get my hands on this book for inspiring and exciting global flavors done light. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. says

    I love Cooking Light, all recipes I’ve tried from CL have been very tasty. I love that they keep publishing new (themed) books. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  3. says

    This recipe looks great. Adventurous yet approachable, not too involved for weeknight dining. Thanks so much for spotlighting it. (And, yes please, count me in for the giveaway…what fun!)

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