Lamb Curry Dhal

Lamb Curry Dhal

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About this recipe: A filling and tasty lamb curry that features the addition of channa dal. Find chana dal in Indian shops or larger supermarkets. Chickpeas or yellow split peas make a good substitute.


Serves: 8 

  • 250g channa dal or alternate dal of choice
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1kg cubed lamb
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 3 onions, grated
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 200g yoghurt
  • 500ml water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr soaking  ›  Ready in:2hr50min 

  1. Soak the dal for 2 hours in plenty of water. Drain and boil in fresh water until tender but not overcooked. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the lamb and fry until well browned. Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, onion and tomato. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until the oil separates from the mixture.
  3. Add salt, sugar, yoghurt and water. Simmer over low heat until the lamb is tender.
  4. Add the dal and bring the mixture to the boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until mixture is well blended.
  5. Garnish with coriander before serving with basmati rice or naan.

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