Spinach and Lamb Curry

I’m pretty tired just now.  So tired, in fact, that the other night I forgot what kind of car I owned and had to call a friend to remind me.  How awful is that?

Being this tired, it is very nice to have some ready-cooked meals waiting in the freezer for me to just defrost and warm in a pan.  The following is one such meal and, as with all curries, it’s easy to double the quantity needed in order to freeze portions for sleepy Tuesday nights.  Tuesdays are the worst, don’t you think?

Oh dear.  I’m being rather negative, aren’t I?  Let me fix that by saying that this is by FAR my favourite curry at the moment.  Adapted from a Madhur Jaffrey recipe, it is wonderfully nourishing, supremely tasty and perfect for feeding a crowd.

Promise you won’t be disappointed.  🙂 

Spinach and Lamb Curry

(Serves 4)

600g spinach

2 onions

1 tblspn chopped ginger

6 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 red chilli

2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil

700g lamb (I use neck but shoulder would be good too), cut into large cubes1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 bay leaf

4 cloves

4 cardamon pods

1 tablespoon coriander

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

50ml plain yogurt


  • Drop spinach into a pan of boiling water and cook for 30 seconds until wilted.  Drain well, squeezing excess moisture out with hands.  Chop and set aside.
  • Whizz together the onions, garlic, chilli and ginger to create a pungent paste.  Set aside.
  • Brown the lamb in the oil.  Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add the bay, cardamon and cloves to the same oil and cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the onion paste to the pan and cook over a medium heat until mixture starts to darken.
  • Add the rest of the spices and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the tomatoes and yogurt.  Cook for another minute before adding the lamb.  Stir well to combine before adding the spinach and stirring again.
  • Season well with salt then cover and cook over a low heat for an hour and a half.  There should be plenty of moisture from the tomatoes and meat and spinach but if the curry looks dry, add a little water to moisten as it cooks.
  • Serve with hot naan or pita or chapatis to mop up the juices.

14 thoughts on “Spinach and Lamb Curry

  1. Stashing things away in the freezer for quick mid week (or begining of the week!!) meals is always a good idea! I don’t often make lamb curry so I must try this one.

  2. Always good to have something like this hiding in the freezer (most meat curry/stew style dishes taste better for a freezing anyway). My perennial freezer saviours are homemade baked beans and my veggie quorn chilli.

    Now make sure you have an early night!

  3. I am always exhausted after the summer holidays! Last week I was ready to drop! oh has been off work for a a month and kepts making a massive mess!!! grrrrr!!

    anyway, he has gone back to work now and ds2 starts school tommorow, so its businesss as usual!!!

    i Love your recipe and it has reminded me that I need to do a menu plan!!

  4. Beth – It’s lovely, I promise. 🙂

    Sophie – Quorn: I haven’t had that since I was a vegetarian teenager! Must try it again…

    Lucy – I crave red meat when I’m tired. It’s one of the only things I crave ever, actually.

    Johanna – I’ve tried a few times to make a curry and leave it for several days before eating but I can never resist eating it all before then!

    Susan – Just showed D that comment and he laughed so hard juice came out of his nose… :-S

    Cartering Equipment – Me too!

    Megan – There’s something wrong about that! 🙂

    Maji6 – 🙂

    Antonia – It is. Lots of iron. That’s what I need. And glad you agree on the Tuesday thing.

  5. Wendy dear!! 🙂 I’m so happy that I’m back home just to read your fantastic blog every day.
    I’ve missed you so much !
    what a fantastic recipe I really adore spinach cooked in every way
    😀 I send you a big kiss!

  6. The curry looks lovely! I think it is also the lack of daylight that makes you tired and going back to work just adds to it. Hope you get your energy back soon. I usually take iron supplements if I get to feeling that tired.

  7. Silvia – Welcome back!!! xx

    Pat – Think you’re right. A Finnish friend of mine once told me just to accept the tiredness, listen to my body and sleep. Great advice. I don’t fight it anymore.

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