close up on the chunks of lamb in the Dopiaza curry
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Authentic Indian Lamb Dopiaza Curry

This delicious Authentic Lamb Dopiaza, is easy to make at home. With plenty of onions, easy to find spices and a naturally gluten-free sauce, this Traditional Dopiaza recipe is a simple authentic lamb curry you can make at home. Serve it with plain rice or some naan breads, for a delicious meal for the whole family. The lamb curry is finished is traditionally finished with yogurt, but coconut cream makes a great creamy alternative.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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Ingredients

  • 2.2 lb lamb (see note 1)
  • 10  large onions
  • 3 tbsp  ghee or a flavourless oil
  • garlic cloves
  • thumb sized piece fresh root ginger
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp  ground coriander
  • 1 tsp  ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp  cayenne pepper - if you like it spicy
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup  plain yogurt/coconut cream
  • 1 tsp  garam masala
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Roughly chop 4 of the onions.
  • In a food processor or blender add the 4 chopped onions, garlic cloves and ginger with 1/4 cup of hot water. Blend until you have a thick paste. Set to one side.
  • Cut the remaining 6 onions into half moon slices.
  • Melt the ghee/oil in a large heavy bottomed pan and fry the onion moons. Use a medium-high heat. You want the onions to cook quickly and start to caramelize.
  • Using a slotted spoon to remove the onions from the pan and set aside for later.
  • Cut the lamb into bite size chunks and fry it all off in the onion flavoured ghee/oil.
  • Add your onion-garlic-ginger puree to the lamb pan, give it a nice stir to coat the lamb.
  • Cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, until the onion mixture has softened. Don't allow the mixture to color.
  • Stir in the ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, cayenne pepper (if using) and stir together.
  • Pour in the stock and tomato paste, stir well and gently simmer, uncovered, for an hour.
  • Check the lamb is tender. If not give it 10-15 minutes more. If the sauce is looking too dry add an extra 1/4 cup of water.
  • Stir through your fried onion moons, the yoghurt/ coconut cream and garam masala. Then cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Finish the curry with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh cilantro.
    Serve with Easy Homemade Naan bread.

Notes

  1. This Lamb Dopiaza is cooked low and slow so you can buy a cheaper cut of lamb like lamb shoulder. A boneless shoulder is easier as you can just cut it up without having to worry about the bone. Have a look at the grocery store or ask your butcher what they suggest. Make sure you tell him that it will be cooked in liquid for at least an hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3.9mg
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