Recipe of the week: Chicken and shrimp curry

‘Kari’ means sauce in Tamil. In English we call it ‘curry’. In Mauritius, they call it ‘cari’. The Mauritian cari can be done with various ingredients: game, fish, lamb, chicken, seafood or vegetables. The preparation of cari involves two steps: the first step is to prepare the garam masala which is a mixture of cinnamon, clove, cumin, cardamom and pepper. This mixture of spices is grilled to enhance its flavour and then crushed. You can keep them in a sealed jar. The second step is to mix the dry spices to the fresh seasoning; for example, turmeric, coriander leaf, garlic, ginger and fresh curry leaf. This mixture of fresh seasoning will give any dish a unique taste. Now that the spices are ready, you are now ready to follow the next recipe or create your own culinary creation. This recipe serves just one person.

Chicken and shrimp curry


1 piece of chicken leg (without bone and skin)
30g shrimps (head and skin off)
1 piece of onion
2 pieces of chopped garlic
1 piece of chopped ginger
4 stacks of chopped coriander
4 stacks of thyme
1 piece of diced tomato
1 tablespoon of curry powder
½ coffee spoon of turmeric powder
Red chilli powder to taste
½ coffee spoon of cumin powder
5cl fresh coconut milk
5 pieces of curry leaves
Salt and pepper to taste


Cut chicken into 4 pieces, season and then pan fry for 5 minutes in a hot pan. Reserve. Cook with oil: onions, garlic, ginger and spices for 10 minutes. (Lightly brown colour). Add diced tomato, thyme and curry leaves. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes. Add coconut milk. Add chicken, then cook on a low heat for 15 minutes. Add water or chicken stock if necessary. Add shrimps then cook for another 5 minutes and add fresh chopped coriander. Serve hot with plain rice.

Thank you to Jacques Ledu, Head Chef at Sofitel So Mauritius, for the recipe.

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Comments (2)

  1. Maddie Hann says:

    Yum! As a pescetarian, I would love to see more fish recipes. I am planning to try this one without the chicken.

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    Let us know how you get on with it, Maddie! :)

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