Spiced Coconut Lamb Curry

A rich and hearty, spiced lamb stew that freezes well.

Indian Spiced Coconut Lamb Curry in silver dish

This fragrant, yet mild, curry can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Alternatively, freeze it for a rainy day; just add in the nuts and coconut milk after reheating.

Serves: 6
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 40g butter
  • 4 dried curry leaves
  • 2 medium brown onions (300g), thickly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (skip peeling it and just wash it and grate it directly into pot)
  • 1kg diced lamb
  • 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • 425g can tomatoes
  • 624ml water
  • 4 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 strips lemon rind
  • 4 small potatoes (480g), roughly chopped
  • 4 small aubergines (240g), roughly chopped
  • 30g ground almonds
  • 180ml coconut milk
  • Fresh coriander (optional garnish)


Heat butter in a large, heavy saucepan (I would use a Dutch oven if available). Sauté curry leaves, onion, chilli powder, ground spices, garlic and ginger, stirring frequently until fragrant.

Add the lamb, browning slightly. Add vinegar, tomatoes, water, cardamom, cinnamon and lemon rind. Cover and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the potatoes, leave covered for about 30 minutes or until lamb is tender.

Lastly, add the aubergines to the pot and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. Discard the whole spices, leaves and rind. If not freezing, stir in the nuts and coconut milk.

Garnish with fresh coriander (optional).



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    30th Jan 2017
    I love some of these recipes,,,, But not everyone has the spices needed, in their pantry, and to go out and buy them to use 1-2 then have them go past use by date works out to be costly for Pensioners
    30th Jan 2017
    You don't have to use them just for one recipe, Miss Marple, they can be added to lots of your own recipes. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on toast, breakfast cereal, cake batter, it's got loads of anti oxidants, regulates blood sugar.
    Ground turmeric is anti inflammatory, use it with plenty of pepper.
    Ground coriander aids digestion, has antibacterial properties.
    Give them a go and experiment.
    31st Jan 2017
    yes i love lamb, but you know its not cheap to buy, it way too expensive pity isnt it?
    31st Jan 2017
    lol - you mean the "gold plated legs" - "lamb chops" - or both? .. ...never thought i would ever see Lamb - steaks - or any meat - at today's prices! :-) Appalling!
    31st Jan 2017
    This curry looks interesting. Lamb can be expensive but in the crockpot the cheaper cuts make delicious curries. I am hoping to adapt the recipe for the longer slow cooking time.

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