South African Cape Malay Lamb

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sout african cape malay curry

This curry is characterised the combination of sweet cinnamon and savoury cardamom spices. I love dishes created from the fusion of different cultures. This curry  origins were derived from the many Indonesian immigrants who settled in Cape Malay during  the 17th century. The spices are very Indonesian in flavour  but the addition by local of fruits and vegetables  creates a sweet mild aromatic curry that is reminiscent of African  tagine style dishes. It is traditionally served with rice but it is just as good with mashed potatoes. If you are new to curries and  particularly wary of anything spicy then this is a great starting place. The ingredient list seems massive but  if you use a crock pot it is just  so easy to add everything and let  the slow cooker do the rest.

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  1. Heat oil /ghee in a sauce pan or crock pot  with a sear function. Add  garlic, onion, ginger and sauté for 5 min. Mix vinegar with cap malay spice mix and add to the  saucepan with onions.

  2. Add diced or whole lamb, brown well on high heat for 5min.  Add beef stock, tomato dried apricots, eggplant, bell peppers, if using a saucepan bring the pot  to the boil and then reduce and simmer for 1.5 hours if using a crock pot set the  function to slow cook 4 hours.

  3. Add yoghurt and apricot jam 5 min before serving and keep on low heat to prevent the yoghurt curdling. Serve with fluffy rice or mashed potatoes

  4. substitutes:
    red bell pepper and eggplant can be replaced with  2 carrots and 1 banana.
    the recipe will work with chicken, pork or beef


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