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Easy Durban Lamb Curry

You cannot go wrong with a hearty, spicy Durban Lamb curry, especially in the winter months. Serve this delicious and easy to make dish with rice, roti, naan bread or even in a bunny chow.

Prep time – 10 minutes

Cooking time – 1 hour 

You will need

  • 500g lamb on the bone
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cardamom pod
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 curry leaf
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger pasta
  • 2 tbsp masala spice
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 400g tomatoes, whole
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • fresh coriander, to garnish


  • Heat the oil in large pot. Sear the lamb for about 8 minutes until brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Add cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, bay leaf and curry leaf and fry for a few seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped onion and fry until slightly brown, ±5 mins.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for ±2 mins.
  • Add the lamb back into the pot.
  • Add masala, turmeric and garam masala until it forms a paste. Add a little water if the paste is too thick.
  • Add tin of tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add the potatoes and the water. Turn the heat down to low and simmer until the potatoes are soft.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice, roti or as a bunny chow.

Recipe by Jessica Alberts

Pic: CA Creative on Unsplash

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