Crock Pot Lamb Curry

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

Author: Julia


  • 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!

Crock Pot Lamb Curry with Saffron Rice


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    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks Sommer! The boys gobbled it up so the only unfortunate part about the dish is I should have made more 😉 Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh no, Katherine, where did your crock pot take off to? You know….I bet this dish would go EXCELLENT in a tagine! And I know you have a beautiful tagine that you can use 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, deary!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Heather! I absolutely love lamb curry and could eat it any time of day as well. In fact, I did have rice leftovers for breakfast one morning but the meat didn’t make it through one meal in my house, so next time I’ll have to make a larger amount so that I can have leftovers for breakfast 😉

  1. Kyle Parker

    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?

    1. Julia Post author

      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 😀


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