This Indian restaurant lamb curry is loaded with onion, garlic, ginger and spices.
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indian restaurant lamb curry

This is a house indian restaurant lamb curry recipe. It's medium hot and flavourful. It's also a great starting point if you want to start experimenting with Indian restaurant curry. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: lamb curry
Servings: 2
Calories: 672kcal

Ingredients

The spice mix

  • 2 tsp indian restaurant spice mix - recipe link below
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder or 1/4 tsp cayenne mixed with 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kasoor methi - dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/2 tsp tandoori masala
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper - butcher's grind works well

The curry ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 inch piece of cassia bark or cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom pod or 2-3 green cardamom pods
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp onions or shallots minced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic ginger paste - recipe link below
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste with enough water to dilute to the consistency of pasatta
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro leaves and stems finely chopped
  • 15 oz curry base - recipe link below
  • 10-12 oz pre-cooked lamb - beef or chicken work as well
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 5 cherry tomatoes halved

Instructions

  • Make the spice mix.
  • Dilute the tomato paste with enough water to get to the consistency of passata.
  • Heat your frying pan (don't use non-stick) briefly over medium heat. Add the oil.
  • When the oil starts to shimmer add the cinnamon stick, bay leaf and cardamom pods. Toss the whole spices around the pan for about 15 seconds until bubbles start to form around them. They may crackle a bit.
  • Add the onions or shallots and chopped cilantro and stir constantly until the edges of the onions start to brown. This takes about a minute.
  • Next comes the garlic ginger paste. Add it into the pan and cook it, stirring constantly, until it stops sputtering.
  • Turn down the heat and add the spice mix. This is the critical step. Stir it constantly for 30 seconds. If it starts to darken lift the pan off the heat. You want the spice mix to cook in the oil but not burn.
  • Turn the heat up to medium high. This is important. Add the diluted tomato paste and stir until bubbles form (the oil will likely separate). This takes around 30 seconds to one minute depending on the heat.
  • Add 3 oz of curry base. Stir until bubbles form (little craters really), around 30 seconds. Watch the edges of the pan. The curry can stick here. Sticking is OK. Burning is bad. Just scrape anything that forms back into the curry. If it really burns, chuck it and start again...
  • Now add 6 oz of curry base and stir briefly. Let it cook until the bubbles form again. This takes 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the curry base and let cook until the bubbles form. Turn the heat down to low and add the pre-cooked lamb, beef or chicken.
  • Mix in the sugar.
  • Let the curry simmer for about 5 minutes. If it gets too thick add a bit more curry base. Don't add water. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until they are heated through.
  • Garnish with a bit of chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Notes

The recipe for curry base is here.
 
The recipe for indian restaurant spice mix is here
 
The recipe for garlic ginger paste is here.
 
If you haven't read about Indian restaurant technique yet, do that before you start cooking.
Have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go.
If you are making multiple curries, have your curry base warming in a pot on the stove. If you are just making one, microwave it to warm it up right before you start cooking.
Indian restaurants pre-cook their meat so it's ready for service. This recipe assumes the same. To pre-cook chicken, simply simmer it with a bit of curry powder and salt in chicken stock for about 10-15 minutes - until it's barely cooked.
To pre-cook lamb or beef, do the same but plan for 1 to 1/2 hours for lamb and 2 hours or more for beef. You are making stew meat so you are braising until tender. You will need to keep an eye on the level of the stock. For beef use beef stock.

Nutrition

Serving: 2servings | Calories: 672kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 967mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4.1mg