Indian Spiced Lamb
When I was photographing this recipe, my Irishman wanted to know what it was. I distractedly told him it was ‘an Indian thing’. And his response was ‘what a great name’. I’m not sure I agree, for me Indian Spiced Lamb sounds much tastier, but feel free to call it whatever you think sounds best.
enough for: 2
takes: 15 minutes
1 tablespoon garam masala or curry powder
4-6 lamb chops
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch coriander (cilantro), leaves picked
8 tablespoons natural yoghurt, to serve
1. Heat a medium frying pan on a medium high heat.
2. Combine garam masala with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season and toss in the lamb to coat in the spiced oil.
3. Cook lamb for 4-5 minutes. Turn then add the tomatoes.
4. Cook for another 4-5 minutes on the second side or until well browned and cooked to your liking in the middle.
5. To serve, divide lamb and tomatoes between 2 plates. Top with coriander (cilantro) and serve yoghurt on the side.
vegetarian – replace lamb with large field mushrooms or portabello, sliced eggplant ‘steaks’, chickpeas or lentils.
vegan – replace lamb with sliced tofu and replace yoghurt with equal parts tahini and lemon juice.
dairy-free / paleo – replace yoghurt with equal parts tahini and lemon juice. Or use coconut yoghurt.
more substantial – serve with steamed rice, naan bread or other flat bread.
more dubstantial (low carb) – add cashews or mayo (mix with yoghurt).
more veg – serve with steamed greens on the side. You could also add chopped red capsicum (bell pepper) and zucchini to the pan with the tomatoes. Or serve lamb on a bed of baby spinach.
no lamb – replace lamb with chicken breast or thigh fillets or beef steak.
pescetarian – replace lamb with fish fillets and reduce the cooking time as needed.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
garam masala – keep in the pantry.
lamb chops – freeze them.
cherry tomatoes – either halve and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes (180C / 350F) OR just cook in a pan with a little oilve oil. In either case store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few weeks. Or freeze the cooked tomato for longer periods.
coriander (cilantro) – freeze it in a plastic bag.
yoghurt – usually has a shelf life of a month or so. Otherwise, have it for another meal like breakfast! Don’t freeze.