Indian Lamb Curry

Based on RecipeBazaar’s “Lamb Curry


  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless lamb, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces and pad dry
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 1 (2 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger paste or 3 inch of grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 green chili pepper, chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Heat quarter of the oil in large pan and, working in batches, sear the lamb cubes. Reserve in a plate
  2. Rince the pan, heat the remaining oil, then add bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and cloves.
  3. When leaves begin to sizzle and fragrance starts to release, add onions and saute until light golden, about 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in the ginger paste, garlic, chile pepper, and seared lamb.
  5. Season the lamb with salt; continue cooking, stirring mix, for about 15 minutes more, adding a little water if necessary to keep food from sticking.
  6. Add turmeric, coriander powder, cayenne, and garam masala; stir for 5 minutes, adding 2 tablespoons water.
  7. Add diced tomatoes, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Then add 4 cups of water and simmer for 20 minutes, or until meat is getting tender.
  9. Lower heat.
  10. Whisk the yogurt with a fork; and add to the pot slowly.
  11. Then cook until meat is done to your liking and sauce is thickened.
  12. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
  13. Serve with steamed basmati rice, or hot Indian breads, such as Naan.

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