If you’ve tried my Coconut Curry Lamb recipe, you can attest to the absolute delicious nature of a good Caribbean curry. With this version of Curry Lamb, we’ll give the overall dish more body and help to stretch it for more people.
3 lbs lamb (I used shoulder w bones)
2-3 tablespoon olive oil
8-12 cloves garlic (smashed)
2 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1 medium tomato (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 scotch bonnet pepper (chopped)
1 tablespoon cumin seeds (geera)
1 teaspoon Anchar Masala
4 medium potatoes (1/4s)
1 can chickpeas (rinsed/drained)
3/4 tablespoon salt (adjust)
1 teaspoon black pepper
5-6 cups water
1 scallion (chopped)
2 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon ground roasted cumin
2 tablespoon coconut cream
Notes! If making this recipe gluten free please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet your specific gluten free requirements. Especially the curry powder you used (discussed in the video below). Use any hot pepper you like/can source and in the amounts you can tolerate. I prefer using bone-in lamb for this recipe, however you’re free to use boneless cuts should you prefer.
Wash the pieces of lamb with the juice of the lemon and cool water, drain and set aside. for now. Get your deep pot on a medium flame and add the olive oil. You may use any oil you enjoy using.
Then add the onion, garlic, cumin seeds, Caribbean Green Seasoning and scotch bonnet pepper, cook for about 2-3 minutes, before adding the anchar masala (see your fav West Indian grocers, in the video below I explained what to use should you not be able to source it). Stir well.
Follow up with the curry powder (I discuss my fav curry powder in the video below) and stir well. Continue cooking on that medium flame for another 2-3 minutes. Then it’s time to add the diced tomatoes and stir well.
Cook for another 2-3 minutes, then add the prepared lamb pieces (cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and I included the bones) and stir well to coat.
Add the salt and black pepper, continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes with the pot uncovered. It’s time to add the potato (cut into large pieces) as well as the chickpeas (channa) and stir well.
If you watched my curry Channa and Aloo video you’ll see how I removed the outer skin of the chickpeas and why I do so. Add the coconut cream (use 1 cup coconut milk if you don’t have cream) and water to cover everything.
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and place the lid on the pot, slightly ajar. The goal now is to cook everything slowly and in doing so we’ll not only get tender pieces of lamb, but we’ll develop the rich and deep flavors of the curry.
After 1 1/2 hours, we need to check to see if the lamb is tender as well as taste and adjust the salt to your liking. Keep in mind that during the cooking process, should you need to add additional water (if it goes too THICK), feel free to do so. Also note as this cools it will thicken further, so adjust the gravy consistency accordingly.
Once the lamb is tender, salt is perfect and the gravy is to your liking, add the scallions, parsley (explained why I didn’t use cilantro nor shado beni in the video) and roasted cumin (geera) powder, stir well and shut off the stove.
A couple additional flavors you may consider adding as it cooks are a small stick of cinnamon and 2 bay leaves.