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Lamb Madras

Food blogger @hazels_food created this delicious take on Hari Ghotra’s Lamb Madras recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time:1 hour | Serves: 4


  • 400-600g leg of lamb, trimmed and chopped

Madras Powder

  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp white poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cassia bark stick (about 7cm long)
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

Masala Sauce

  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10-12 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped (2 for more heat)
  • 2 cm ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 400g / 1 tin plum tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tamarind pulp
  • 1 tsp hot red chilli powder (optional)
  • Handful fresh coriander
  1. To create your madras powder combine black peppercorns, cassia, cloves, coriander, fenugreek, mustard, poppy, cumin and fennel seeds, and grind to a fine powder.
  2. Stir in the turmeric and 1 tsp of Kashmiri chilli powder into the spice blend.
  3. Place the lamb in a large bowl and rub with 2 or 3 tablespoons of madras curry powder and the salt until all the meat is coated. Transfer the remaining powder into a well-sealed jar for another time.
  4. Heat the oil in a large cast iron pan until hot. Add the mustard seeds – once they start to pop, stir in the curry leaves and then the onions.
  5. Soften the onions until they turn dark brown (about 20 minutes) before adding the green chilli, ginger and finely chopped garlic.
  6. Keep stirring and after a after a few minutes, add the tomatoes, tamarind and if you like it very spicy add a tsp of hot red chilli powder. Bring this to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer to create a thick masala sauce.
  7. Once it is shiny and thick add the lamb to the pan. Stir to coat the meat with the sauce. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover and leave to cook very gently for 40 minutes to 1 hour, until it’s cooked through.
  8. Add a handful of spinach and some cherry tomatoes within the last 10 minutes of cooking (optional)
  9. Stir occasionally until the sauce has thickened and the lamb is tender.
  10. Serve up with plain basmati rice.

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