Creamy Chicken and Sweet & Spicy Vegetables

Creamy Chicken and Sweet & Spicy Vegetables

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True Love food editor Tumelo Sebopa is the Spekko Rice “Star of the Week”.

Creamy Chicken
(Serves 4)

30ml (2T) oil
800g chicken pieces
1 onion, finely chopped
1cm ginger stem, crushed
500ml (2 cups) coconut cream
250ml (1 cup) chicken stock
45ml (3T) mixed coriander and parsley


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil and brown chicken on all sides. Add onion, ginger and sauté until onion is translucent.
  2. Add coconut cream, stock and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender and sauce has thickened. Sprinkle mixture with herbs and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Serve chicken with Spekko Pure White Rice.

Sweet & Spicy Vegetable Stew
(Serves 4)

15ml (1T) sunflower oil
45ml (3T) curry paste
15ml (1T) brown sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
4 baby marrows, thickly sliced
200g cauliflower florets
400ml (1¾ cup) tomato puree
125ml (½ cup) water
1 can (400g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
200g baby spinach, washed


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil and fry curry paste for 1 minute. Add sugar, lemon juice and cook for a minute. Add baby marrow, cauliflower and cook.
  2. Add tomato puree, water, chickpeas and season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add spinach and heat until just wilted.

This dish tastes really good with Spekko Pure Basmati Aromatic Indian Rice.

About Tumelo
Tumelo knew a career in food was her destiny from a young age.

With home economics as her main subject in matric, she later earned B-Technology in Food Service Management at the Pretoria Technikon. She also holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from Varsity College.

Working in various restaurants and in catering companies, Tumelo eventually ended up at True Love in 2003, stepping in behind legend Dorah Sithole as food assistant.

In 2007 Tumelo spread her wings and joined Woolworths as their Store Food Manager, but soon returned to True Love as Food Editor when Dorah became editor of the magazine.

Tumelo’s favourite ingredients are chilli, garlic and ginger, “I love spicy food”, she says. “My favourite meals are African staple diets, Direthlo (roughly chopped tripe), Tshotlo (pounded meat) and dumpling with umfino (stir-fried cabbage and spinach with coriander seeds), not forgetting chakalaka.”

“I love shopping for fresh produce only when time permits at Evergreen Housewives market (Pta West), Boeremark in Silverton and would pop- in occasionally at the Irene Village Market and for convenience I love going to The Food Lovers Market in Centurion as they have everything under one roof. I do the main groceries from Pick N Pay Hypers, and pop into Woolworths weekly for their lettuce, cucumber and peppers ‘a must as they are fresh and can last for up to two weeks”.

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