Simple Lamb Curry (Pressure Cooker)

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A simple Indian lamb curry.

Using tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes and cooking the curry in a pressure cooker reduces the preparation time by at least half an hour.


  • 2 lbs / ca. 1kg lamb stew meat (e.g. leg of lamb cut into 1 in / 2.5cm cubes)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 3-4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • ¼ cup white wine (or water)
  • ½ cup / 125ml yogurt (whole milk works best)
  • 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • handful cilantro, chopped


  1. Set pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and onion. Cook until browned well. Stir frequently and adjust heat as necessary to prevent scorching.
  2. Add minced garlic and ginger. Cook for a minute or two, careful to not burn the garlic.
  3. Stir in tomato paste . Cook for a few minutes, stir frequently.
  4. Add coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt. Cook for 1 minute, stir well.
  5. Add the meat. Cook a few minutes over medium-high heat until the lamb is well browned. Stir frequently, reduce the heat if necessary.
  6. Add the white wine or water. Put the lid on the pressure cooker. Bring to high pressure, then reduce the heat and cook for 25-30 minutes. Release pressure.
  7. Add fenugreek leaves. Turn up heat, cook for a few minutes until the stew has reached the desired thickness.
  8. Turn off heat. Slowly stir in the yogurt. Stir in the cilantro.
  9. Adjust seasoning with salt. Serve.

Yields 4-6 servings

Preparation time ca. 60-90 minutes

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Based on the recipe for Basic Pan-Roasted Lamb Curry (Bhunnae Gosht ki Kari) in . I substituted tomatoes with tomato paste to reduce the preparation time, adjusted spice amounts to my taste and modified the pressure cooker instructions so that they work reliably with my pressure cooker.

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