Recently I fell in love with a lamb curry from a curry place near me. The dish is called Lamb Handi. I tried looking for recipes online but didn’t find any that seem like what I had. So I tried cracking it and here it is.
- 2Kg of lamb – any cut will do – I used a shoulder this time
- 1Kg of ripe or canned tomatoes
- 5 onions
- 200ml yogurt
- 5cm piece of ginger
- 1 bulb of garlic, peeled
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried)
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 3 tablespoons gram masala
- 2 teaspoons ground clove
- 1 tablespoon chicken stock powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1-3 teaspoons chopped chilli depending on how hot you like it
- 1-2 cups shredded coconut (optional)
Do the following:
- Put 2 onions, half the tomatoes, yogurt, and all the spices (except the coconuts) into a blender and blend into a paste.
- Slice the rest of the onions and chop the rest of the tomatoes.
- Put the lamb into a large pot and scatter the onions and tomatoes over.
- Pour the spice mixture over the lamb and turn to coat well.
- Cover the dish with a lid and cook the lamb by:
- simmering it on the stove for 2 hours, or
- put it in a slow cooker for 8 hours, or
- leaving it in a slow oven (130-150C) for 5 hours.
- Once the lamb is very tender and can be easily pick apart with a fork, stir in the coconuts if you are using them.
I cooked my shoulder of lamb in Big Bill my clay oven over night until the meat fell off the bone, and I could pick the bone out with my hand. Then I torn the meat apart and serve it absolutely smothered in the rich masala sauce. (Masala just means spice or a blend of spices.)
I didn’t put the coconut in when I first cook this because my mother in law doesn’t eat coconuts. The dish I had from the curry place did have heaps of shredded coconuts in theirs. I put in about a cup into our leftover for the second meal and I think the lamb tastes very good with or without the coconuts. Kiwi Bird actually said he prefers what I cooked when I asked him to compare it to some of the restaurant leftover – but then he might just be a little big biased 😉