Coconut and Mint Lamb Curry

We’ve been away, away from the cloudy days of London summer to the exotic Dubai and tropcs, driven by the crave of sun and a change of scene. This blog, inevitably suffers from a bit of abandonment and I thought it’s time to resurrect it with a post almost as good as the lamb pilaf that I had at the Emirates Lounge. I have a love-love relationship with lamb. Anything lamb would be in my good book, and this curry is exceptionally good that it becomes one of our easy comfort food as well as exotic dish that we entertain friends with. After years of blending in my palate with British food, our tolerance for spicy food has shamefully diminished, yet this curry always brings back the love for the heat. This is also our ‘bonding time’ curry as The Husband and I would savour the morsels with our own preferred choice, rice for him and naan for me. It always works, and there will be no leftovers.

I think this curry will be a winner amongst my family members who love everything spicy too, though I have had requests for macarons instead! Bring on the flavours, I say. Even on holidays, my baking bug hasn’t left me yet, it’s a therapy on its own to see the cakes rise beautifully, the macarons finding their feet slowly and the spices to infuse and form exotic blends of gravy. This is what life is for, food for families, food for gatherings and certainly food to soothe away the sorrows.

It was such a beautiful feeling to go out to the backyard, pick those bunches of fresh mint from the soil, mix the lamb chunks with the homemade yogurt that has curded beautifully overnight and blend all the spices with fresh coconut, picked minutes ago from the swaying trees. Such delight! Something that I will never be able to do in the UK, yet how we made do all these years with products on supermarket aisle. I am betting my luck that this lamb curry would taste way nicer with the fresh produce, either way, this curry is a must-try. A perfect pot of heated love for your loved ones.

Coconut and Mint Lamb Curry

500g boneless lamb chunks
2 medium sized green onions-finely sliced
1 cup plain greek style yogurt
2 inch ginger-grated finely
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp black pepper
1 cup freshly grated coconut (or dessicated coconut sprinkled with water)
salt to taste
4 tbsp olive oil

Method
1. Marinate the lamb pieces with ginger and yogurt for few hours, preferably overnight.
2. Dry roast the coriander seeds, paprika, chilli powder, cumin and black pepper until fragrant and slightly brown. Put the spices into the food processor, add the coconut and mint in and pulse until finely blended. Set aside.
3. Heat the olive oil in the casserole pan or wok. Fry the onions until golden brown, add the fennel seeds. Once fragrant, add the blended spices and fry until oil splutters a bit. Add the marinated lamb pieces and lower the heat. Season with salt. For a bit of gravy, pour about 1 cup of water and let the gravy simmer on low heat until thickens and the meat is well cooked.
4. Garnish with mint leaves and serve warm with roti, naan or pilau rice.

Note: Sending this recipe to The Kerala Kitchen.

8 Responses to Coconut and Mint Lamb Curry

  1. cookingvarieties September 6, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    hi jehanne, this is great. lamb is my favorite and i like curry and mint. perfect ingredients to try out.. i usually use coconut milk or low fat milk, but have’nt tried the yogurt marinade..something new :) thanks

  2. cookingvarieties September 6, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    hi jehanne, just to wish you happy eid if you celebrate..i do celebrate.. glad i surf through your some of your later posts, wow ! the nougat and chocolates look so delicious, definitely will try out –thanks again, been looking for these type of recipes.

  3. Neha September 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Awesome curry…I have never used coconut in my curries and I am going to try this one out soon…

  4. Vimitha Anand September 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    jehanne, am drooling over that pot… Looks so spicy n yum…

  5. Speed Cousine September 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    hi jehanne..looks really tempting…an lamb is my favorite meat…got to try this one out sometime. keep on the fantastic flavoursome postings and recipes. is there going to be another give-away soon?.

  6. Jehanne September 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    thank u all for such lovely comments..
    Wan: yes we do celebrate Eid/HAri RaYa with all those thunders of firecrackers,hehe, and of coz jars and jars of cookies..pop by down south as I’m in town!!

    speed cuisine: i’m glad ur trying this awesome curry, somehow can’t locate ur blog, do u have one? dunno when the next giveaway is gonna be, those international postage is pricey u know:P

  7. Shakun September 26, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Looks absolutely yummy…lamb is my favorite, especially with hot rice :)

  8. Zainab April 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Wow my first time!!!! I will make this one and link u! Is that ok? I might alter the recipe as per my taste!! U okay with that jehanne? Do email me at zainabzainab951@hotmail.com if u have nething !!
    Look forward to hear from u

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