Durban Mince Curry Recipe

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Christiana George
Christiana George
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

Durban mince curry recipe is a south African dish that is made with mince, curry powder and vegetables. this recipe is quick and easy to make and will take you less than 30 minutes.

I’ve been meaning to share this Durban mince curry recipe for quite some time now. I’m not much of a cook but i do love experimenting with food so when i get the chance, I’m always trying out new recipes or different variations of old recipes.

My kids are pretty fussy so it takes me a while to get something that they actually like but when they do, I’ll try my best to remember it for future reference! I still haven’t found anything that beats their favorite chicken nuggets though!

This Durban mince curry recipe is one of those recipes that i’ve been experimenting with for the past couple of weeks. it started off as a normal mince curry recipe but then i decided to add some veggies to it and it turned out absolutely delicious! I’m not sure how authentic this recipe is but my kids loved it, so that’s all that matters, right?

Level: EasyRecipe type:  Curry
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 minutes
Cuisine: African
Yield: 4 Serves


For this durban mince curry recipe, you will need:

Mince – 500g/ 1lb 2 oz.

Onions – 2 large or 3 small. sliced thinly.

Green pepper – 1 large or 2 small. sliced thinly. (optional)

Carrots – 4 medium sized carrots. diced finely. (optional)

Sweet corn – 1-2 cups of frozen sweet corn kernels (optional) (i don’t usually use sweet corn in my mince curry but my kids love them). you can also use fresh or canned corn.

Tomatoes – 2 large or 3 small. diced finely.

Tomato paste – 3 tbsp (optional)

Curry powder – 2 tbsp. (i use a mild curry powder) you can also use garam masala instead of curry powder. or use a combination of both.

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp (optional) this is not usually found in traditional mince curry but i love the flavour it brings to the dish so i add it anyway! if you are not a fan of turmeric, then just leave it out! OR if you are using fresh tomatoes, add half a tsp of turmeric to the minced meat with some salt and pepper before frying. that’s what i usually do! if using canned tomatoes, then there is no need for adding any turmeric as the cans already have them in them!

Cumin seeds – 1tsp (optional) i love adding cumin seeds to my mince curry as it adds a lovely flavour to the dish. so if you have them, go ahead and add them!

Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp or more to taste (optional) i don’t use chilli powder in my mince curry. i don’t like spicy food. but if you love spice, then add a little chilli powder to your liking! if using fresh tomatoes, then add 1/2 tsp of chilli pepper instead of red chilli powder.

Salt – to taste (optional) i always taste my curry and salt at the end to make sure it’s perfect! adjust according to your own preference!


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the onions. stir fry for about 5 minutes or until the onions become slightly golden.
  2. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds till fragrant.
  3. Add the minced meat and fry till browned on all sides.
  4. Add all the spice powders – turmeric, red chilli powder, black pepper, salt (if using) and 1/2 cup of water or more depending on how thick you want your curry to be!
  5. Mix well and let it cook for 7-10 minutes on a low flame, stirring occasionally. if using fresh tomatoes, then add them now! cover with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender! if using canned tomatoes, then there is no need to cook for this long! just throw them in with everything else and you’re done! 🙂
  6. When done cooking, sprinkle garam masala powder and give a quick stir.
  7. Serve with steamed rice or rotis!
Durban Mince Curry Recipe

Nutrition Facts:

500 g mutton mince meat1410 calories per 500gm
2 large Onions Raw13 Calories per serving
1 large Peppers, Sweet, Green Raw4 Calories per serving
4 Carrots Raw11 Calories per serving
1 cup Sweet Yellow Corn 1 Cup, Kernels15 Calories per serving
2 large Tomatoes, Red, Ripe Raw, Year Round Average7 Calories per serving
2 tbsp Curry Powder5 Calories per serving
1/2 tsp Pepper, Black0 Calories per serving
1 tsp red chili powder8 Caloriesper serving

Enjoy it!

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