Tanzanian Food: Chicken Curry Soup Recipe

Written by Thomson Safaris

chicken curry recipe from thomson camp

As the cold winter weather rolls in, this dish – often considered a holiday staple in Tanzania – will warm you up. By request, we’re sharing a chicken curry recipe that has become a favorite among our guests at camp. Bon appétit!

Chicken Curry

Serves 4


  • Whole chicken, skinned and cut into pieces
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1½ tablespoons red chili powder (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cilantro, cumin, cinnamon powder (in equal proportions)
  • ½ tablespoon garam masala (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bunch fresh chopped cilantro to garnish



1. Clean chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Marinate with ginger/garlic paste and soy sauce for six hours in fridge.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in frying pan on low heat. Add onions. Cook until golden brown.

3. Add to the onions; stir red chili powder, ground cilantro, cumin, cinnamon powder, turmeric and garam masala (optional). Then heat for about 2 minutes. Set aside.

4. Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree to the onion mixture. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the fried chicken pieces.

5. Add coconut milk and cook over low heat until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

6. Sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro leaves and serve.