Easy Lamb Curry

Lamb Curry

It’s lucky for me I’m un-single and I say that for multiple reasons. First off, my male counterpart makes a great impression of a pterodactyl and I just can’t imagine going about my day without having that kind of luxury around. The catch I reeled in is the yin to my yang and yanks my dreamy dreamerness down to the earth when I reach the outer limits of our solar system. Before sweetpea, this kind of gravity was only achievable through a six-pack of beer and a bag of Snyders of Hanover Hot Buffalo Wing Pretzels. It’s lucky for me (and hopefully you) I’m un-single or else the recipes on this food blog would be closer to the cereal-and-milk or graham-cracker-and-peanut butter varietal than the Lamb Curry genre.

Man inspires woman to cook meat. Hi Tarzan, I Jane. Before I became un-single, the majority of the meat I ate came in the form of pizza and toquitos. Note: this chatter is in no way encouragement for men and women to fulfill society-driven gender roles…I just happen to enjoy tinkering in the kitchen. And eating…I like to eat a lot. All joking aside, this lamb curry is beeeeeeeeeeeerzerk wonderful! Tarzan himself told me this was the best meal I had ever made and in spite of my skepticism when it comes to compliments, I’ll take this one and run.

Annnnnd you make it using a crock pot. Technique-less cooking? Don’t mind if I do! Here’s the haps: I set out to make Lamb Tikka Masala which I just thought was the most clever thing ever.  But then I subbed coconut milk in for cream, didn’t marinate the meat, only served the yogurt on top and when all was done slow cooking, the dish looked nothing like Tikka Masala. If it doesn’t quack like a duck, I may not be inclined to call it a duck. But whatever it is, it’s delicious; so instead, Lamb Curry’s the name and crock pot’s the…. game (does that even work here? Probably not).

If you’re un-single and you’re wanting to butter up your lovekins on the pink-and-red-heart holiday on Thursday, this is your best bet.  This, or pizza. And if you’re flying solo, this is still a dang good meal and makes for delicious work lunches to share with others or covet for yourself. Either way, follow the lamb up with chocolate cake.

Ain’t nuttin but a G thang!

Lamb Curry

Lamb Curry

Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Author: Julia


  • 4 pounds lamb stew meat*
  • 1 ounces can diced tomatoes about 14
  • 1 ounces full-fat canned coconut milk* about 14
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads optional
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced

For Serving:

  • Brown basmati rice – prepare per package instructions
  • Plain yogurt


  1. In a small saucepan, add the coconut milk, spices, garlic, and ginger together over medium heat. Continue heating until all the spices are integrated into the coconut milk and the coconut milk is hot, smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients, including the coconut/spice mixture to a crock pot
  3. Place the crock pot on the low setting and allow it to cook for 8 hours.
  4. Remove cover of crockpot and place on high in order to allow juices to thicken (leave crock pot uncovered).
  5. There will be a lot of juices in the pot and if you want to thicken the sauce, turn the crock pot on high and leave it uncovered for an hour or so before serving
  6. If you want to speed up the process of thickening the sauce, pour everything into a large pot or dutch oven and heat the Tikka Masala to a gentle boil over medium or medium-high heat. If you choose this route, it should take about 30 minutes for the sauce to thicken.
  7. Depending on how fatty your lamb meat is, consider absorbing some of the fat that collects at the surface with a napkin or paper towel.
  8. Serve curry over brown basmati rice with a dollop of plain yogurt on top

Recipe Notes

*I used 4 pounds worth of bone-in lamb shoulder roasts and once the Tikka Masala was finished cooking, I removed the roasts from the crock pot, chopped, discarded the bones and put the meat back into the crock pot for just a little bit to absorb some of the sauce. Note: This recipe can also be made on the stove top using a dutch oven or pot. Simply brown the meat just a bit, then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat and allow the meat to cook at a very gentle boil for 35 to 40 minutes.

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  1. Courtney @ Neighborfood

    Oh man, my Mister would love this! We also just so happen to LOVE Snyder’s honey mustard pretzels, although I find that it always gives us THE WORST breath. This lamb curry would probably make a classier Valentine’s Day choice. 🙂

  2. a farmer in the dell

    as much as I love a graham crackers smeared with peanut butter I sure am glad you made this lamb curry. I love lamb (and so does my other half) This sounds like a perfectly romantic and easy meal.

  3. Jackie @ Domestic Fits.com

    How cute are you?! I gained ten pounds when I first got married because I wanted to cook these huge elaborate meals every single night. And even though I still cook every night, I’ve scaled it back a bit! I love this, I haven’t tried lamb curry yet, I’ll have to give it a try 🙂

  4. Abby

    my mouth is a-watering with that spice list! I make a pretty good sheep impression…can I come to dinner? : ) but seriously this looks fantastic!

  5. Monet

    This looks delicious…and simple…and such a change from our normal crock pot fair. I can’t wait to give it a try! Thank you for sharing this tempting post. I hope you are having a wonderful week of good food, love, and laughter.

  6. Ann

    That ingredient list has me drooling! I think my hubby would love this. And I totes get where you’re coming from…I think I’ve eaten more meat since we’ve been married then I did in all the years before I knew him combined!

  7. Julia

    My family is Lebanese and lamb is something that we eat a lot at family get together. This lamb curry sounds especially good and I love that it can be made in the crockpot-I bet it is so tender from cooking all day.

  8. Lauren Braden

    Started this just a few hours ago, already the kitchen smells heavenly. We order lamb tikka masala from our favorite Indian restaurant in Seattle often – can’t wait to see how this compares! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaay! I hope you enjoy the lamb curry as much as we do! We love sticking everything in the crock in the morning and coming home from work to a wonderful smelling house and dinner already ready. Hope you had a fun weekend!

  9. Lauren

    What could I use instead of lamb? I’m always weary it buy it mainly cause of the price tag. I’m thinking beef, not a terribly fatty cut. Lean chicken or turkey doesn’t seem to fur. Suggestions?

    1. Julia Post author

      I would go beef – you could use beef stew meat or chop up a steak. I think that sounds delicious! Kinda thinking I should follow suit with crock pot beef curry this weekend 😉

  10. Chrissy

    I bought 3 lbs of goat shoulder with a curry in mind but no recipe to use, and after scouring the web and asking my parents for their versions I still didn’t quite find the one I was envisioning so I just winged it (wung it?) and put something together that is in the Crock Pot now. And then, of course, as per my usual luck, now I find your recipe which is exactly what I actually wanted, which I think would be just as great with goat. Definitely going to try this in the near future, maybe with beef too. Thanks for posting, by your great writing and love of Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites, I can tell I’m going to love the rest of your page.


    1. Chrissy

      Oh you didn’t say the Honey Mustard ones…lol no matter they’re all delicious to me! Buttermilk Ranch is amazing too!

    2. Julia Post author

      Oh good golly, the same thing always happens to me when I find the recipe I’m looking for after the fact. I’m glad you’ll have this one on hand for later! It really is a cinch 😀

      I do enjoy the Honey Mustard Snyder’s too! But Mostly the Hot Buffalo Wings. UGH, they’re all so good and addicting! I’m happy to “meet” you, Chrissy! Enjoy your goat curry!

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