Lamb and beetroot yoghurt curry
- October 2019
- Serves 4-6
- Hands-on time 35 min, oven time 2½ - 3 hours
For a soul satisfying, melt-in-the-mouth curry that’s worthy of a gathering, give this deeply flavoured lamb and beetroot yogurt curry a go.
Or try this wonderful slow-cooked curried leg of lamb for a dinner with a difference.
- 19.7g (9.6g saturated)
- 14.5g (12.4g sugars)
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 4cm fresh ginger, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 150g full-fat natural yogurt
- 800g British lamb neck, cut into 4cm chunks
- 3 tbsp ghee or softened butter
- 3 onions, finely sliced
- 2 fresh green chillies
- 500g raw beetroot, peeled and cut into 3cm wedges
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 6 green cardamom pods
- 4 cloves
- 500ml good quality beef stock
- Flatbreads such as chapatis or naan to serve
Useful to have…
- Food processor
You’ll also need…
- Large flameproof casserole or ovenproof saucepan with lid
- Put the garlic and ginger in a food processor with the cumin, coriander, turmeric and a good pinch of salt and black pepper. Whizz to a paste, then add the yogurt and whizz again. (Or bash everything in a pestle and mortar until smooth, then stir inthe yogurt.)
- Put the lamb in a glass or ceramic bowl, spoon over the marinade, then stir to coat. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight (see Make Ahead).
- The next day, heat the oven to 170ºC/150ºC fan/gas 3½. Put the casserole or saucepan over a low-medium heat, add the ghee or butter, then add the onions to the pan and cook for 10 minutes until they start to soften. Add the lamb (shake off any excess marinade), turn up the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, to brown the meat.
- Once the meat has browned, pierce the chillies with a sharp knife, then add to the lamb with the beetroot, tomato purée, cardamom and cloves. Fry for a few minutes, then add the remaining marinade and the stock. If the meat isn’t quite covered, top up with a little extra stock or water. Bring to the boil, then cover with the lid.
Marinate the lamb up to 2 days ahead and keep covered in the fridge. Cover leftovers and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in a pan with a splash of water until piping hot.
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