By CraftScout on May 23, 2007
Photo by StormSerpent
Photo by StormSerpent
"This recipe is from one of my new favorite cookbooks, Extending the Table. The notes on this recipe say that this Swahili dish is served by a restaurant in the heart of Nairobi. I have only modified it to make the recipe fit into Zaar format, to preserve the authenticity of the recipe. This is a very mild, very easy to make curry."
Serving Size: 1 (195 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Very tasty! Made some subs for missing ingredients but still came out excellent.<br/><br/>Had to use a can of unsalted diced tomatoes since I didn't have whole and used a little ketchup instead of plain tomato paste. <br/><br/>I messed up part of the cooking instructions for the onions/beef (Forgot to put the oil first, whoops!) but it didn't seem to matter much. It's not a very spicy curry, which is perfect for me, since I'm kind of a spice-wimp. X3 but it's wonderful over some hot rice!"
"I agree with everyone else's thoughts on the blandness. I quadrupled the curry, doubled the cinnamon, and added some hot pepper to spice it up. I served it with lime-cilantro rice and it was very good. Maybe the curry I had was just too bland - like some have suggested - curry paste may be a better option."
"Just what I was looking for. I doubled the meat and most spices, 4x the curry powder, added a few fresh hot peppers and fresh grated ginger. Also I used chick peas and carrots and 3 fresh tomatoes but didn't have paste. I also forgot to add the cilantro but no matter, everyone loved it! Fast and easy, thanks so much! A keeper for sure!"
"This was good but with more spices added. It was bland as written. I doubled the cinnamon, added 1/2tsp of cardomom, fresh ginger with some powdered ginger, quite a bit of salt to taste and tripled the curry powder. It tasted wonderful with the Coconut Rice another poster recommended."
"Good recipe. Added a lil bit of hot peppers and some seasoned salt for more taste. A keeper :)"
"Really loved this recipe. It gave me some good notes in developing my own curry recipe, as well."
"My son (11 yrs old) really liked this curry and that's why I'm giving it 4 stars. I love recipes that open up his palette to new and interesting tastes. The description said it was very mild and my personal preference would be to have a little more spice. It tasted a little bland to me. I would have given it 3 stars."
"This worked because I had all the ingredients, but I just couldn't get pat the lack of creaminess to the curry. I added an extra star b/c that really is a personal preference. It seemed confusing to me b/c it was almost like a cross between spaghetti and curry. Thank you anyway!"
"I was looking for an interesting recipe for ground beef and this sounded so different. I added a stick of celery, chopped fine to the onions. I used Malaysian curry which is has more heat and flavor and added 1/2 teaspoon of cardamon to the spice mixture. I used canned diced tomtoes with a little of the juice so I didn't need the water or tomato paste. Thanks"
"wasn't really my choice. i like more the creamy coconut curry and this was a very bold, deep flavour. it smelled good but was a bit overwhelming w/ the ginger and curry etc. my husband loved it. i substituted soy ground beef so that very possibly affected the flavour too."
"This was a really good curry, ESPECIALLY if you are in a hurry! OK, needed to add more curry spice, As think the taste was really nice, Added more cinamon too, Perhaps is personal taste, but like previous reviewers, I agree was a bit bland TRUE! Used slice tomatoes, worked well for me, But as it started drying up, added more water, was more than OK for me! Would suggest scallion for presentation but not necessary to do, Didn't think it needed 2 tablespoons oil, again might be personal taste for you know who! THANKS! Will DEFINATELY make this again!"
"very nice and filling, dh liked very much. a note about curry: there are many different kinds of curries out there, if you want it less mild more spicy use a hot curry"
"I wanted to love this but it I came out just OK for me. I thought it was too dry and surprisingly bland...hard to imagine with 5 cloves of garlic. I added some cayenne to spice it up and it definitely needed a good bit of salt. I used canned tomatoes too. I'm a curry-newbie and have only had the chicken curry which uses yogurt so maybe I'm just accustomed to that. Thanks for posting."
"This was fantastic. I added diced/uncooked eggplant & a can of sweet peas/drained to the mixture & served it over Saffron rice "Persian" style! Yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe!"
"We really enjoyed this curry and it was very easy to make. I loved the tomatoes and the cinnamon flavor that came through was lovely. Thanks for sharing this. Made this for ZWT4 for the Chic Chefs."
"This is easy and I think would be a great intro recipe for those wanting to try curry the first time or kids. It has the flavor profile without the long list of spices, isn't the yellow color of most curries that scares kids away, nor the heat. I needed to clear out some bits & pieces of vegetables in the fridge so added them to this dish and liked the results. I added 1/2 a green pepper, 1/2 a red pepper, 2 small yellow squash, and a handful of julienned carrots. All vegetables were chopped including the onion. I also used canned tomatoes instead of fresh. I had additional chopped cilantro at the table to sprinkle on as well as crushed red peppers and served with rice and fresh cantaloupe. It truly was a 30 minute meal and one I will make again. Made for ZWT4."
"This dish was easy to make but it was too mild for our taste. I used 1 tbsp of curry powder while cooking & then after I tasted it I added some cayenne pepper to it. I also used a 14oz can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh ones & added some chopped green peppers. Made for ZWT 4"
"Very easy and mild. My boys added cayenne pepper and jalapenos to spice it up to their taste factor and almost licked the plate clean. Great recipe..thanks for sharing. Made for ZWT4."
"This is a wonderful recipe. The flavors really make this dish. I served it with "Recipe #310161". Awesome meal"
"oooh is this yummy. i like a drier curry than one sopping in sauce and its so easy to put together. I subbed galangal for ginger and used Recipe #174350 as the curry powder. Its a keeper!"