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Crock Pot Lamb Curry

Tender, flavorful Crock Pot Lamb Curry made easy in your slow cooker. The meat turns out so rich and well-textured, and is seasoned to perfection! Serve with basmati saffron rice for a great comforting meal!
Crock Pot Lamb Curry with Saffron Rice

My crock pot works hard.

Six months out of the year, it lives on the counter and has the daunting task of slow cooking our household meals for hours and hours on end with no break. We’re real crock pot slave drivers in this house. We stuff it, set it, forget it and periodically give it a nice pat on the lid.  We love crock.

Other than a random steam spurt from time to time, there are minimal complaints from crock because the remaining six months of the year, Ol’ Reliable enjoys a prime piece of pantry real estate in its second home next to all of the baking flours. It makes us look like we know what we’re doing in the kitchen, and we in turn give it plenty of resting time during the summer months. That’s teamwork, that’s good eating.

Last week, I proudly took part in Faith Gorsky’s cookbook launch. That girl is very impressive with wonderful cultured taste in food. I’m excited to make my way through each and every one of her Middle Eastern recipes.  When she asked me to make and post her recipe for Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts, I knew a good curry dish would surely have to accompany it.  Ergo, Ol’ Reliable was tasked with slow cooking Saffron Rice’s accompaniment and as always, Ol’ Reliable performed marvelously.

Crock Pot Lamb Curry with Saffron Rice

Here’s the haps – maybe you’re new to ethnic food; maybe you’re a seasoned ethnic food-eur; either way, the crock pot is a fool-proof, easy method for making mounds of delicious, tender meat curry. Serve it up with your favorite rice or couscous and you’ll be giving your crock a pat on the lid.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Easy Crock Pot Lamb Curry is so flavorful, rich, and satisfying!


  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 pounds lamb stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 4 cups baby spinach, chopped (fresh or frozen works)
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt


  1. Sauté onion over medium heat with one tablespoon of oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and grated ginger and continue sautéing until onion is translucent and everything is very fragrant, another 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add sautéed onion mixture to your crock pot.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the spinach and yogurt, to the crock pot. Stir and put crock pot on low setting
  5. Cook for 6 hours.
  6. Just before you’re ready to serve, add the baby spinach and yogurt to the lamb curry. Stir and allow to sit until spinach is wilted.
  7. Serve with saffron rice and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 255Total Fat 11gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 34g
Crock Pot Lamb Curry with Saffron Rice

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Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I thought this would cook sooner than 6 hours. If I wanted to have it ready in 4 hours could I cook on high for the first hour?


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Hi Rebecca,

The curry will be cooked in less than 6, but whether or not the lamb is tender is another story. The longer it cooks, the more tender it will be ;) You can definitely cook it on high for the first hour to reduce the cook time.

Kyle Parker

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Before adding the yogurt and spinach, there is a significant amount of liquid still in the crockpot after 6hrs of cooking. I'm concerned that adding the yogurt won't make for the proper consistency. Remove liquid? Will that kill the flavor?


Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Hi Kyle,

You can reduce the liquid by transferring the curry to a large pot and bringing it to a gentle boil on the stove top. This will make the curry less liquidy (thicker) while also enhancing the flavor. Once it gets to your desired consistency, you can add the yogurt :D


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Can I use a lamb pot roast instead of stew meet?


Saturday 3rd of November 2018

Made this dish on a cold, windy day and the meal turned out delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


Sunday 4th of November 2018

You're very welcome! I'm so happy you liked it, Sarah! xo

Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Tuesday 13th of November 2012

This dish looks and sounds so flavorful with all those delicious spices. Completely agree - this is the ideal recipe for the slow cooker on a chilly day! :)


Wednesday 14th of November 2012

Thanks, Jen! Let me know if you try it!

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