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
South African Lamb Curry
- 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.
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Alternative Method: Slow Cooker Lamb Curry
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-8 hours
- 2 lbs (900g) boneless lamb, cut into chunks
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice level)
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Steamed basmati rice, for serving
- Heat the cooking oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent, which should take about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, allowing the aromatics to release their flavors.
- Add the lamb chunks and brown them on all sides. This should take about 5 minutes. Once browned, transfer the contents of the pan to your slow cooker.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, plain yogurt, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt. Mix everything well to create a flavorful marinade.
- Pour this marinade over the lamb chunks in the slow cooker. Give it a good stir to ensure the meat is well coated.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. This slow cooking process will allow the lamb to become tender and infused with the rich flavors of the spices.
- When the cooking time is up, check for seasoning and adjust salt and spices as needed.
- Serve your Slow Cooker Lamb Curry hot over steamed basmati rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro and, if you like, a dollop of plain yogurt. Enjoy your delicious and tender lamb curry!
Tips for making Lamb Curry
- Choose the Right Cut: When making Lamb Curry, choose boneless cuts of lamb like shoulder or leg. These cuts are ideal for slow cooking as they become tender and absorb the flavors beautifully.
- Marinate for Flavor: Marinating the lamb in yogurt and spices for a few hours or overnight can make a world of difference. This step enhances the flavor and ensures the meat is infused with the spices.
- Low and Slow: Whether you’re using a slow cooker or a stovetop, the key to a fantastic Lamb Curry is to cook it low and slow. This allows the flavors to meld, and the meat to become melt-in-your-mouth tender.
- Spice-Level Control: Adjust the level of cayenne pepper to control the spiciness. Start with less if you’re sensitive to heat and add more gradually to suit your taste.
- Fresh Ingredients: Whenever possible, use fresh ingredients, especially the spices. The difference in flavor is remarkable.
- Basmati Rice: Serve your Lamb Curry with fragrant basmati rice. The mild, long-grain rice complements the robust flavors of the curry.
- Naan Bread: Freshly baked or store-bought naan bread is perfect for scooping up the delicious curry sauce.
- Raita: A side of cucumber raita, a yogurt-based dish with cucumbers and mint, provides a refreshing contrast to the spiciness of the curry.
- Chutney: A dollop of mango chutney or lime pickle can add a sweet and tangy element to your meal.
- Garnish: Top your Lamb Curry with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of freshness and color.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lamb Curry
- Can I use bone-in lamb for this curry? While bone-in lamb can add flavor, it may require more extended cooking time. For ease and tenderness, boneless cuts like shoulder or leg are recommended.
- How do I store leftovers? Store any leftover Lamb Curry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for longer storage, ensuring it’s well sealed to prevent freezer burn.
- What can I do to reduce the spiciness of the curry? To reduce spiciness, use less cayenne pepper or add a dollop of yogurt while serving. The yogurt’s coolness helps balance the heat.
- Can I use mutton instead of lamb? Absolutely! Mutton can be used, but keep in mind that it might require a longer cooking time due to its toughness.
- Can I make this curry in advance for a party? Yes, Lamb Curry tastes even better the next day. Making it in advance is a great idea, as the flavors have time to meld, resulting in a more delicious dish. Simply reheat when needed.
Explore the world of flavors with our Lamb Curry recipe. From marination to slow cooking, create a restaurant-worthy dish tonight.
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