Lorna’s Lamb Curry Recipe

Lorna’s Lamb Curry recipe makes for a flavourful Punjabi Lamb Curry – locally sourced free-range lamb slow-cooked with whole spices and fresh ginger, garlic, onions & tomatoes.

20 Mins 60 Mins Medium Serves 4


  • 1kg lamb – leg or shoulder (bones are optional but they add more flavour)
  • 3 large onions – finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh garlic – finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger – finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon onion seeds (black) also known as Nigella seed (Kalonji)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil (vegetable oil or olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (add more or less to taste)
  • 2-3 teaspoons chillies – finely chopped (add more or less to taste)
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander to garnish


  1. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, onion seeds & mustard seeds – allow seeds to darken &‘pop’.
  2. Add garlic & ginger – fry until slightly golden brown.
  3. Add onion & stir. Add ½ cup water & cover pan for 8 to 10 minutes to allow onions to soften then uncover the pan and fry until golden brown.
  4. Add salt, turmeric and chillies and fry for 2 to 3 minutes until all ingredients are mixed together.
  5. Add tomatoes and cover the pan for 10 to 15 minutes on a low-medium heat. This simmering allows all the flavours to come together and intensify. Next, uncover the pan and cook on full heat for a further 5 minutes until the oil runs free from the masala mixture.
  6. Add the lamb and cook on full heat for 3-4 minutes until all the lamb is coated in the masala sauce. Cover the pan and cook on a low-medium heat for a further 25-30 minutes. Add ½ cup water midway to prevent the masala sauce from becoming too dry.
  7. Add Garam masala & taste. Adjust seasoning if required.
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve with Basmati rice or Indian breads.
Lorna’s Lamb Curry Recipe

Recipe notes

Add 2.5 cups wilted spinach to the above to make Sagh Gosht – Lamb with spinach.

To cook the perfect rice, the ratio is 1 glass of rice to 2 glasses of water. Wash the rice and leave to soak for at least 20 minutes. Add a knob of butter to a pan & 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, a few cardamom pods and a cinnamon stick (if you wish).

Once browned, drain the rice and add to the pan, mix through and then add water for cooking (using the above ratio). Bring to boil, cover & cook on minimal heat.

Lorna Nanda of The Little Indian Kitchen

About this recipe

This Lorna’s Lamb Curry recipe is courtesy of Lorna Nanda – founder of The Little Indian Kitchen which offers a selection of cookery classes for authentic Indian food designed to appeal to all food lovers wanting to learn how to cook or to expand on their existing cooking skills.

You can learn more by visiting The Little Indian Kitchen website, and you can follow Lorna on Facebook.

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