Crock Pot Parsnip and Lamb Curry with Spinach

Crock pot parsnip and lamb curry with spinach can be made on any weekday! Simply throw everything in your slow cooker and allow it to cook uuuuuber slowly while you work (or sleep)!

Crock Pot Lamb and Parsnip Curry with Spinach - an easy go-to dinner recipe that's packed with aromatic flavor

This curry threw me for a real loop.

Sometimes I like to do my crock potting at night versus first thing in the morning, which is what I did in this very case. Excited to wake up to curry, I set my slow cooker up before going to bed, and as a result, I had these cuh-ray-zee curry-induced dreams (probably on account of the fact that I was literally subconsciously smelling curry aaaaaall night long.duh.licious.).

Anyhoo, I dreamt I was hiking the entirety of the Himalaya, and of course, I mosied my way to Base Camp, because when in the Himalaya, do as Jon Krakauer does, right?

Once at the ol’ BC, I met some cheeky Brazillians and this marvelous couple from Norway. Donning my camp cook hat, I volunteered to make all.the.foods, how nice of me. So I whipped out my orange racecar-shaped lighter (which I only own in my dreams, of course), and started a bonfire, which is soooo easy to do at 17,000 feet. And then I made this curry.

And then I woke up.

And ate curry for breakfast. The End.

Crock Pot Lamb and Parsnip Curry with Spinach - an easy go-to dinner recipe that's packed with aromatic flavor


Just kidding, there’s more.

I absolutely love making Indian-style lamb curry homemade. I’m obsessed with root vegetables, so I invited parsnips to the party as well. I had only used parsnips for vegetarian curry in the past, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out marvelously!

The parsnips remained just slightly al dente and added a subtle natural sweetness to the curry. You’ll just have to taste it yourself!

Crock Pot Lamb and Parsnip Curry with Spinach - an easy go-to dinner recipe that's packed with aromatic flavor


Using your slow cooker to prepare meat is pretty much a fail-safe way of ending up with oh-so-tender animal every.single.time. And it’s so easy! Like cheater, cheater pumpkin eater easy. And the whole batch turned out so well, that I hoarded it all to myself. No joke, I ate all 12 pounds of this curry. Not all at once, of course. Don’t be silly.

 Crock Pot Lamb and Parsnip Curry with Spinach - an easy go-to dinner recipe that's packed with aromatic flavor

Asweknow, curry is all about the sauce. I used full-fat canned coconut milk and Lamb broth for the sauce, resulting in a super rich, flavorful, and comforting meal.  You can also use chicken or beef broth if you can’t find lamb broth.

Parsnip and lamb curry for breakfast!

Crock Pot Lamb and Parsnip Curry with Spinach - an easy go-to dinner recipe that's packed with aromatic flavor

Crock Pot Lamb and Parsnip Curry with Spinach - an easy go-to dinner recipe that's packed with aromatic flavor

Crock Pot Parsnip and Lamb Curry with Spinach

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Author: Julia


Parsnip and Lamb Curry with Spinach:

  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 large parsnips peeled and chopped into 1.5-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds lamb stew meat
  • 1 14- ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup lamb broth *
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground corriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons fresh turmeric peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt plus more for serving
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Aromatic Quinoa For Serving:


Prepare the Lamb Curry:

  1. Add everything but the yogurt and baby spinach to a large (6-quart) crock pot, and stir very well (don't worry, the spinach will cook down).
  2. Place the crock pot on the lowest heat setting, secure the lid, and allow curry to cook for 6 hours.
  3. Add the Greek yogurt and spinach to the curry and stir well. Place the cover back on the crock pot and cook 1 more hour (still on the lowest setting).

Prepare the Aromatic Quinoa:

  1. Add the lamb broth to a medium-sized pot and bring to a full boil.
  2. Add the quinoa and salt, reduce the heat to low, and cover. Allow quinoa to cook for 25 to 35 minutes, or until most of the broth is absorbed.
  3. Remove pot from heat, add the saffron threads and cranberries, and stir well to combine. Place the cover back on the pot and allow quinoa to sit for 10 minutes, allowing the quinoa to absorb any remaining liquid.
  4. Serve Lamb curry with fresh chopped cilantro and aromatic quinoa. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Replace lamb broth with any type of broth or stock


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  1. Julie

    LAMB BROTH!?!?!? Are you freaking kidding me??? I don’t think we have that in Peoria, and now I’m extremely sad and mad at Peoria for being such a dumpy place to live and not having cool things like lamb broth, because I’m pretty sure it would improve my life (and my lamb stew). I’m checking out the link, because maybe I can order it. You’ve just made my day by telling me that such a thing existed. Thank you. You may now continue with your day.

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh my gosh, Julie, you will LOVE lamb broth! I’m just so obsessed. Too bad I can’t take liquid in my carry on for when I go see you all in April….if I end up checking a bag, I’ll totes bring you some. I think you may be able to get it off amazon, too. YUP, you can, I just checked 😀 Let’s make all.the.lamb stew!

      1. Julie

        Woo!! Also, it’s at the Whole Foods near Stephie. I’ll make her bring me some, too (well, that’s my hope). Sure enough, none in the Peoria area. Boo! But, Amazon to the rescue!! 😀

      1. Julia Post author

        Ah bummer 🙁 You can definitely use chicken broth or beef broth and it will still turn out with magnificent lamb flavor! I’ve made this curry multiple times over the years using various broths, and it always turns out great. xoxo

  2. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    This Crock pot parsnip and lamb curry with spinach looks ABSOLUTELY amazing and it is packed with lots of awesome flavour. I’ve never seen lamb broth here in Toronto, but I will definitely take a look! It sounds very delicious!!

  3. Isadora

    Haha! I love your curry induced dreams! I also love the idea of doing the crock pot overnight rather than in the day. I’ve never actually taken advantage of the crock pot because I have this fear that it will burn the house down while I am at work! I’d much rather have crazy curry dreams than worry all day!

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