South African Lamb Curry Recipe – 10 easy steps

If you live in South Africa you would know there is a perception that only those that live in Durban can make the perfect South African Lamb Curry.  Its known to be a good flavored curry all over South Africa, no matter who makes it or what their slight variations in their own homes are.

Lamb Curry Recipe

Lamb Curry Recipe

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South African Lamb Curry

Today easy recipe: SOUTH AFRICAN LAMB CURRY. A curry so simple and yet very tasty.
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: Curry, LAMB CURRY
CookingStyle: Stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Ms Kelly
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  • Garlic, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, garam masala, curry, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds, and cumin seeds (1-2 tablespoon each for the powdered spices
  • Lamb meat
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 green apple
  • Tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • Beef stock

Stumbles to serve on the side:

  • Banana
  • Coconut
  • Cucumber
  • Chutney


  • Season the lamb meat generously with coarse salt and black pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a pan and let it heat up. Then, add the meat to it and brown it to seal the juices up. Remove the meat from the oil after browning.
  • Chop the onions and apple and brown them in the oil till they are golden and caramelized. Set aside.
  • Combine all the spices in a bowl and heat them in the pot until they are fragrant.
  • Add the beef stock, tomato pulp, and sugar and bring the mixture to boil.
  • Then add the browned meat and caramelized vegetables to the mixture.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for 2 hours. Then, uncover the curry and cook for an additional 45-60 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Cut the banana, coconut, onion, tomato, and cucumber as a salad to serve by the side.
  • Serve warm.



Serve Curry with Rice
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Serving: 500g | Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.85g | Protein: 59.8g | Fat: 29.3g
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Tips for making  South African Lamb Curry

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The secret to making a great curry is to always cook your curry low and slow and of course, loads of love. Do not attempt cooking a curry on high heat and rushing the process, it will be a disaster.

It is also important to cook your spices for a few minutes before adding the other ingredients. This allows the spices to infuse and it does take your curry to a whole new level, trust me on this.

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