Recipe For Crayfish Curry

It sounds so wonderful to be thought of as the first South African Master Chef. Ben introduced me as a possible contender for the South African production when I cooked with Jonathan Daddia. For those of you who have watched or are watching, Jonathan is a contender for Master Chef Australia season 2. I love the idea of competing but it could never be a reality. I cannot imagine living in a house with 23 other people. Just living with Dave is enough. And then actually sharing a room and sleeping in a single bed in a dorm style room. Oh, and did I mention sharing a bathroom with strangers? Can you imagine how my OCD personality when it comes to cleanliness could be freaked out by a stray hair, or sock! I am a neat freak in the kitchen and my cupboards and fridge are super organized. I am even tempted to sort my friends fridges out for them when I visit. I do not like mess! I would miss my routine, my dogs and most of all, I would miss my husband! I do not like to share some things, but the one thing I do share is recipe ideas. The first time I came across poppy seeds in a dish I liked, was at Pomegranate and I have shared the idea of using poppy seeds in my crayfish curry.

"Crayfish Curry With Poppy Seeds"
Crayfish Curry With Poppy Seeds
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Crayfish Curry With Poppy Seeds


  • 15 mls coconut oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 2.5 cm piece root ginger chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 chilli deseeded and chopped
  • 15 mls canola oil
  • 5 mls cardamom pods
  • 5 mls coriander seeds
  • 5 mls whole cloves
  • 5 mls cumin seeds
  • 5 mls ground turmeric
  • 125 g rosa tomatoes halved
  • 1 tin coconut cream
  • 2 crayfish tails cut into chunks
  • salt for seasoning
  • 5 mls poppy seeds
  • Small handful of fresh coriander chopped


  • heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and add the onion
  • sauté until soft and then add the ginger, garlic and chilli
  • add the canola oil to ensure the onions do not colour
  • in a pestle and mortar, blend the cardamom, coriander, cloves, cumin and turmeric
  • add to the onions and as soon as you can smell the spices, add the tomatoes
  • when the tomatoes start cooking add the coconut cream
  • allow the coconut cream to come to a gentle boil
  • add the crayfish and adjust the seasoning
  • add the poppy seeds
  • as soon as the crayfish is cooked, mix through the coriander

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18 thoughts on “Recipe For Crayfish Curry

  1. It would definately not be easy – being away from home for like 4 months! Who knows! I am drooling over this recipe though …….. I could go OCD over this … have a great dayx xxx jan

  2. The recipe looks very interesting.

    I would never be able to deal with the living with so many people in such a stressful situation thing.

    I don’t know if the people on those type of shows in your country act like half drunk monkey fools, but they people on American reality/game shows do.

    1. I think the chef reality shows around the world don’t seem to have idjits in them but even 23 sober people would not make me want to do this!

  3. Your curry sounds wonderful. Even if it doessn’t materialize it would be quite flattering to be considered for a spot. have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  4. The curry sounds wonderful – sharing a house with 23 other potential Master Chefs sounds like hell! Stick to your own kitchen and keep sharing the lovely recipes 🙂

  5. I am not sure why I need to type my name and email each time I want to post a comment whereas on Cin’s page my details remain there :-(. Anyways, it would have been more viable if you where the judge or one of the panelists rather than a contestant that will be expected to produce a classy meal on such a short time given.
    I also try and organise my sister’s fridge and cupboards because I just cannot stand the mess, hehe!

    1. I am not sure why either 🙁 your comments come through as approved! I would love to be a judge 🙂 I have not tried to do my sister’s fridge yet!

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