Taste of India Curry Lamb Shoulder Chops

Curries are a mixture of spices, and the mixtures vary widely, according to region, cook and cooking style.  This recipe uses easy to access spices, and a moderate “hand” – increase the intensity of the flavours by adding “just a little bit more” of each.  The canned fruit adds a refreshing sweetness, saffron adds colour and subtle flavour, and can be omitted if desired.

Ingredients List:

4 SUNGOLD lamb shoulder chops, about 350g ea
1 TB (15ml) vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red or yellow pepper, sliced
1 TB (15ml) grated fresh ginger
½ tsp (3ml) red pepper flakes
1 tsp (5ml) garam masala powder
1 TB (15ml) turmeric
1 tsp (5ml) saffron (optional)
2 cups (500ml) chicken broth
1 can (14oz/398ml) sliced peaches, apricots or mandarin oranges
1 TB (15ml) cornstarch

Preparation & Directions:

  • In a deep heavy skillet with a cover or Dutch oven heat oil and brown chops
  • Remove and brown onion, garlic and pepper
  • Add ginger, red pepper flakes, garam masala, tumeric, saffron and chicken broth
  • Stir to deglaze pan and make a smooth sauce
  • Reduce to a simmer, and return chops to pan
  • Simmer, covered for 45min, stirring occasionally
  • Gently stir in sliced fruit, adding juice
  • Continue to simmer for 15 min, until sauce is reduced and thickened
  • If a thicker sauce is desired, mix cornstarch with a small amount of water for a thin paste and stir into pan sauce until bubbly and thick.

Serve hot over coconut rice. 

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