Africa Recipes – Octopus Masala

Africa Recipes - Octopus Masala


  • Fresh Octopus
  • black peppers
  • tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • chwale (sea snails from the shore)
  • coconut milk
  • lime juice
  • turmeric.


  1. Boil the octopus for about 30 minutes in a heavy pot.
  2. Add in black peppers and tomatoes.
  3. Douse olive oil into a pan and add in a half kilo of chopped onion.
  4. Cook the chwale—sea snails from the shore
  5. separate the sea snails in fresh boiled coconut milk mixed with lime juice.
  6. Sprinkle on several tablespoons of turmeric onto the chopped, now caramelised onions.
  7. Cube the tomatoes and cook them with the spicy, sweated onion until they break down.
  8. Pour the coconut milk and chwale into the pan of caramelised onion and the masala sauce will be finished.
  9. Lastly, once the octopus is well-boiled for 30 minutes, pull the octopus from the pot and add your masala sauce!

Chwale sea snail women

The Chawle Sea Snail women in Zanzibar