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

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.

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  • Prep
    5 mins
  • Cook
    2 mins
  • Serve in
    7 mins


  • 1   clove
  • 12  coriander seed
  • 1   fennel seed
  • 1   black mustard seeds
  • 3   fenugreek seeds
  • 2   black peppercorns
  • 3   dried hot red chilies
  • 3   cumin seeds
  • 14  ground cardamom
  • 14  ground turmeric
  • 1   ground ginger
  • 2   curry leaves


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