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Lamb Balti – Easy Lamb Curry Recipe

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An incredibly simple recipe for Lamb Balti that’s a great dinner for getting the family around the table. Serve with Indian breads, salads and chutney tray.

Curry night is super popular and if there’s one thing that guarantees empty plates at our house it’s a big curry with all the extras!

Making and cooking a simple lamb curry at home, saves the cash you would have splashed on the take away, and tends to be healthier, less fatty and squeezes in more portions of vegetables, which when you’re cooking family food is always a good thing!

I cook the Lamb Balti in the oven rather than on the hob, it just allows the flavours to develop more and it tastes richer.

You can also make this a slow cooker lamb curry, literally a dump and go recipe. Super easy and great for dinner on busy days.

lamb balti served with pilau rice, mango chutney, mint raita and naan breads

Equipment Needed To Make Balti Lamb

  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Oven proof pan with lid – you can use on hob or oven (alternatively use a saucepan to get the curry started off and then tip it into a casserole dish with lid for cooking in the oven)
  • Grater – you could chop the garlic and ginger with a knife if you prefer
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Cooking spoon

Lamb Balti Ingredients

You’ll only need a handful of tasty ingredients to make this LUSH easy lamb curry recipe!

ingredients for lamb Balti on a white table - diced lamb, diced peppers, diced onion, 2 cans chopped tomatoes, curry paste, garlic and ginger, and sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion – peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – peeled and grated
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger – peeled and grated
  • 600g lamb – I tend to use diced lamb shoulder, it is fattier but when cooked in the oven slowly it tastes so good and the fat melts away.
  • 2 peppers – cut into chunks, just use any colour you like, although remember the green peppers taste more bitter than red, yellow or orange.
  • 800g chopped tomatoes
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Small bunch coriander – roughly chopped

How To Make Lamb Balti

Oh you’re just going to LOVE how simple this easy Lamb Balti recipe is to make and cook!

Step One – fry the onions

frying diced onions in a skillet pan to make lamb curry
  • Add the sunflower oil to a skillet pan over a medium heat.
  • Tip in the onions and fry for 5 minutes – stir often with a wooden spoon.
  • Then add the grated garlic and ginger, and tip in the curry paste and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
frying onions with baltic curry paste in a skillet pan

Step Two – add in the lamb

frying onions and lamb in balti curry paste in a skillet pan
  • Tip in the lamb pieces and fry in the Balti curry paste until the lamb turns from red to a brown colour.

Step Three – mix up the rest of the lamb curry sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
frying onions, lamb and peppers in balti curry paste in a. skillet pan
  • Add in the chopped peppers and mix them in.
  • Then pour in the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper. And add a tomato can full of water.
lamb balti ready to go in the oven to cook
  • Bring the lamb curry to the boil and then put the lid on and cook in the oven for around two to two and a half hours or until the meat is super tender and falling apart.

Step Four – serve

  • Once the curry is cooked, give it a stir and scatter over the chopped coriander then serve with your favourite Indian side dishes.
lamb balti served with pilau rice, mango chutney, mint raita and naan breads

What To Serve With Lamb Balti

The Lamb Balti Curry is delicious served with a selection of side dishes – we like…

  • Pilau rice – we cheat with this and buy the microwave sachets for ease.
  • Indian breads – try a mix of naan bread, chapatis or roti.
  • Indian salad – a delicious spicy salad that goes great with any curry!

Make Lamb Balti Curry Your Way

We’ve given you a super easy lamb curry recipe, but feel free to play with the ingredients and really make this curry your own – we’ve popped some ideas below to inspire you!

Slow cooker lamb curry

Make Lamb Balti slow cooker style! Simply combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker pan, switch onto low and cook for around 8 hours on low or until the lamb is super tender.

Want to bulk up the lamb curry to feed more?

Add in a can or two of chickpeas or lentils to bulk up the curry. Alternatively add in some boiled potato cubes.

Want to add more vegetables to your Lamb Balti?

You can add in any vegetables you like – aubergine and courgette work really well in lamb curry.

Make a spicy lamb curry

If you like your curry with a kick of heat, then add in some freshly chopped chillies, or sprinkle some over just before serving.

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What To Do With Leftover Lamb Curry

If you’ve got leftover Lamb Balti then check out the tasty ideas below for using up your leftover curry!

  • Make more curry – If you’ve not got quite enough lamb curry, you can add another can of tomatoes, a little more curry paste and maybe a can of chickpeas or lentils and make the curry do a whole other meal!
  • Turn it into a pie – top the reheated curry with mashed potatoes and turn into a spicy shepherd’s pie.
  • Make pasties – use the lamb curry as a pasty filling – grab our easy pasty recipe here.
  • Cook up spicy rice – stir the reheated leftovers through some freshly cooked rice.
  • Make soup – add some chicken stock and half a can of coconut milk and reheat the curry on the hob. Serve with some dumplings and a scattering of fresh chillies and coriander.

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Yield: Serves 4

Lamb Balti

lamb balti served with pilau rice, mango chutney, mint raita and naan breads

A delicious, easy Lamb Balti recipe - perfect for family dinner

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion - peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic - peeled and grated
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger - peeled and grated
  • 3 tbsp Balti curry paste
  • 600g lamb shoulder - diced
  • 2 peppers - diced
  • 800g chopped tomatoes
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • small bunch coriander - roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Add the sunflower oil to a skillet pan over a medium heat.
  2. Tip in the onions and fry for 5 minutes – stir often with a wooden spoon.
  3. Then add the grated garlic and ginger, and tip in the curry paste and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Tip in the lamb pieces and fry in the Balti curry paste until the lamb turns from red to a brown colour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
  6. Add in the chopped peppers and mix them in.
  7. Then pour in the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper. And add a tomato can full of water.
  8. Bring the lamb curry to the boil and then put the lid on and cook in the oven for around 2- 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is super tender and falling apart.
  9. Once the curry is cooked, give it a stir and scatter over the chopped coriander then serve with your favourite Indian side dishes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 33g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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