Indian-Spiced Lamb & Chickpea Curry
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Indian-Spiced Lamb & Chickpea Curry

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This curry is bursting with traditional Indian flavours. To save time the recipe can easily be cooked in a slow cooker.
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 3 hours  Cook: 3 hours
Serves 4-5 Serves 4-5
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
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  • 1kg Quality Mark lean lamb shoulder chops
  • 2 tablespoons butter or clarified butter (see tips below)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon each garam masala, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Campbell’s Real Stock - No Added Salt Chicken
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup natural unsweetened yoghurt

To serve

  • Natural unsweetened yoghurt
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Steamed rice and warmed naan bread


Preheat the oven to 150°C.


Heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Season the lamb with a little salt and pepper and brown on both sides (this is best done in batches). Set the chops aside. Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter or clarified butter and another dash of oil to the same pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft. Add the spices and cayenne pepper and cook for another few minutes, stirring all the time so the spices don’t stick and burn.

Add the stock to the pan, bring to the boil then immediately turn off the heat. Stir in the tomatoes, chickpeas, lemon juice, yoghurt and the lamb and its juices. Taste and season as required. If your pan is ovenproof, cover tightly and cook in the oven for 3 hours or transfer everything to a covered casserole dish.

To serve

Before serving, you can remove the meat from the bones if you like so it’s easier to eat. Serve the curry with steamed rice, a dollop of unsweetened yoghurt (I like to add a sprinkle of lemon zest and fresh herbs to the yoghurt), fresh coriander and hot crispy naan bread.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 612g
Energy kJ (kcal) 3538 (845)
Protein (g) 40.5
Fat (g) 34.6
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 87.3
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 942
Iron (mg) 6.3
Zinc (mg) 7.8
Vitamin B12 (ug) 2.2
Vitamin D (ug)  
Selenium (ug) 19.0

This carbohydrate and protein rich dish would be perfect recovery meal for after high impact exercise. 
  • You can use the slow cooker for this recipe with the same amount of liquid.
  • To make clarified butter, simply melt butter over a low heat and tip into a small bowl. The milk solids settle at the bottom and the golden oil is the clarified butter – carefully pour that out and use for frying. Because you take out the milk solids, the butter won’t burn in the pan and it’s better for frying. Very simple, yet it adds such a great flavour to Indian dishes.
  • To get the most juice out of a lemon, microwave it for 20 seconds and then roll it on a hard surface to soften it before cutting and squeezing.
  • Protein-rich beef and lamb contribute to feeling satisfied after eating, handy if you are watching your weight.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 15 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5
Really enjoyed this top marks
Posted by Faye Hewitt 2014-08-18 10:24:12
Just followed the recipe and voila - easy recipe, great curry, and easy to tailor to your preference of heat! Yum YUm YUm :-)
Posted by Katy Hurd 2014-08-18 10:24:39
Love this recipe, easy and best curry I have ever made.
Posted by Maria Boyd 2014-11-18 10:28:57
I bought butterflied (deboned) lamb leg because it was on sale. I didn't know what I was going to do with it and then found this recipe. I cut the meat into really chunky pieces (2cm x 2cm) so they wouldn't dry out. Honestly - this recipe is the cat's pyjamas - totally easy to follow, straight forward ingredients, minimal prep time, and the house smelled fabulous for the three hours while we waited for it to do it's thing in the oven. Still tender as after reheating the next day. I will definitely be cooking this one again - bookmarked for future :)
Posted by Ronnie 2015-08-03 19:33:22
I made this for a work cook-off. Baked some naan bread for the first time too. All said wow!! Have made it again tonight. I used meaty shoulder chops and cut the small bones out after browning them. Dogs loved it! Great recipe Chelsea - so little effort for such a fantastic meal.
Posted by Lisa Pitman 2015-09-27 19:55:16
Sorry, forgot to enter rating!
Posted by Lisa Pitman 2015-09-27 19:56:16
Yum - never fail when I make this :-)
Posted by Katy 2015-10-20 20:15:11
Easy to prepare, and delicious! Bright flavour with the splash of lemon juice. I loved this so much I made it twice in one week!
Posted by Valerie Poulter 2016-01-10 13:41:13
I made this for my family for dinner and they loved it! I added potatoes instead of chickpeas since I didn't have it in my pantry.
Served it with hot Rotis, it was yum!
Posted by Andrea Lewis 2016-01-17 22:11:19
Love this recipe!
Posted by Kelly 2016-03-19 20:40:44
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