Lamb and eggplant curry

Lamb and eggplant curry


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About this recipe: A spicy, low-fat and very satisfying curry that combines lots of vegetables with lean, tender lamb chunks and lentils. Serve with wholemeal chappatis or naan.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 4 green cardamom pods, crushed and pods discarded
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 400 g lean leg of lamb, cut into 2.5 cm cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 red capsicums, deseeded and cut into 2 cm chunks
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 2 cm chunks
  • ½ cup (100 g) split red lentils
  • 400 ml diluted salt-reduced or homemade beef stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup (25 g) flaked almonds, toasted

Prep:2hr30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:3hr10min 

  1. Place the cumin, coriander, fennel, mustard and cardamom in a mortar and crush with a pestle. Add the chilli flakes. Place the lamb in a bowl, add the spices and toss to coat evenly. Cover and chill for about 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep saucepan or flameproof casserole dish and fry the onion, capsicums and eggplant for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to soften.
  3. Add the spiced lamb and lentils, then stir in the stock and cinnamon. Bring to the boil, then stir, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the meat is tender. Serve scattered with toasted flaked almonds.

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