Bo-Kaap Cape Malay Curry Powder - South African Spice Mixture

READY IN: 7mins
Recipe by French Tart

My take on Cape Malay curry powder; I devised this when I finally finished my precious box of this type of curry powder, that had been sent to me in a Herbs and Spices swap by Zurie! I checked the ingredients list and finally after a little trial and error, I came up with this, and it is a pretty close match! Influenced by Malay cuisine, Cape/Malay curry powder/masala is a blend of sweet and pungent spices to include cloves, cardamon, fennel, mustard, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, a little chilli and black pepper. A curry powder/masala of a mild heat yet full of the flavours you expect in Indian curry. This curry spice mix is wonderful in all types of curries, but especially authentic Cape Malay style cuisine, and of course curries.

Top Review by Leggy Peggy

Sensational spice mixture. I made half a batch to use in your Bo-Kaap Cape Malay Kerrie (Recipe #289231). Having enjoyed such curries in South Africa, I can vouch for the authenticity of this recipe. Absolutely perfect -- and what a wonderful smell in the kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing your creative efforts.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all the whole seeds in a frying pan and dry roast for a minute or two, until they become pungent and release their fragrance. Place them in a food processor or coffee grinder and pulse until they are finely ground - or grind them with a pestle and mortar.
  2. Add the remaining ground spices, including the chillies and the curry leaves, to the roasted spices and mix well.
  3. Store in an airtight jar or tin for up to 6 months, in a dry, cool and dark place.

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