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Classic Lamb Curry

Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup lamb mixture and 1 cup rice)
Lamb curry is a classic dish from northern India and the most popular of all curries. You can vary by substituting other ingredients in place of the lamb and adjusting the cooking time. For example, use an equal quantity of beef or veal, a 3-pound skinned and cut chicken, 1 1/2 pounds shelled and deveined shrimp, or 1 1/4 pounds mixed vegetables, such as cauliflower, potatoes, and carrots.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups finely chopped plum tomato (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 cups hot cooked long-grain rice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 457
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 11.2 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 4 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 40.4 g
  • carbohydrate 46.8 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 112 mg
  • iron 5.7 mg
  • sodium 477 mg
  • calcium 70 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add lamb, and cook for 5 minutes on all sides or until browned. Remove lamb from pan.

    Cooking Rice
  2. Heat the oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 4 ingredients (onion through cinnamon); cook for 4 minutes or until onion is browned. Stir in coriander and next 6 ingredients (coriander through garlic); cook 1 minute. Add lamb, tomato, water, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until the lamb is tender. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro. Serve over rice; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro.