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How to make a lamb curry

The big flavours of this lamb curry belie how easy it is to make. Sure to become a firm favourite.

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  • 1. Place the diced lamb shoulder into a bowl or food bag. Mix in three tablespoons of curry paste and leave to marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 24 hours in the fridge.
  • 2. Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy based pan, then add the onions, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and the remaining tablespoon of curry paste. Fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes, until the onions are softened and starting to turn golden-brown.
  • 3. Add the marinated lamb, and fry for a couple of minutes until the meat has changed colour - it doesn’t have to be browned.
  • 4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée and enough stock to cover most of the lamb, with the top pieces just poking clear of the liquid.
  • 5. Add the chickpeas and bring the mixture up to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook gently for 1 – 1½ hours, until the lamb is very tender and the sauce is rich and thick.
  • 6. Spoon away the excess fat that will have gathered on the top of the curry, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • 7. Add the spinach, stirring the spinach leaves into the curry until they wilt.
  • 8. Serve the curry with your favourite rice, breads and chutneys.