Lamb with Spinach

Spiced cubes of lamb are delicious in Madhur Jaffrey's yogurt-enriched spinach sauce
By Madhur Jaffrey
Lamb with Spinach
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 1.3333333333333333 hours 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 8 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 0.25 tsp black peppercorns
  • 6-7 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 175 g onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2.5 cm cube ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 900 g lamb shoulder, cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 0.25-0.75 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 900 g fresh spinach, trimmed, washed and finely chopped or 900g frozen spinach, thawed out
  • 0.25 tsp garam masala


1. Put the oil in a large pan and set over a medium-high heat. When hot, put in the peppercorns, cloves, bay leaves and cardamom pods. Stir for a second. Now put in the onions, garlic and ginger. Stir and fry until the onions develop brown specks. Now add the meat, cumin, coriander, cayenne and 1 tsp salt. Stir and fry for 1 minute. Add 1 tbsp of the beaten yogurt. Stir and fry for another minute. Add another tablespoon of the yogurt. Stir and fry for a minute. Keep doing this until all the yogurt has been incorporated. The meat should also have a slightly browned look. Add the spinach and the remaining 1 tsp salt. Stir to mix. Keep stirring and cooking until the spinach wilts completely. Cover tightly and simmer on a low heat for about 1 hour 10 minutes or until the meat is tender.

2. Remove the lid and add the garam masala. Turn the heat to medium. Stir and cook another 5 minutes or until most (but not all) the water in the spinach disappears and you have a thick, green sauce.

3. Note The whole spice in this dish are not meant to be eaten.

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