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
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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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