4.1/5 rating (11 votes)

Lamb with Shallots

  • Heat Hot
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info LACTOSE-FREE
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 50 mins
Lamb with Shallots

Hari says

This is a really flavoursome lamb dish that's cooked with whole pearl shallots for added texture and flavour. The gorgeous little onions add a warming sweetness when fried. Once they are all wrapped up in the deeply hearty flavour of masala sauce they add a delicious bite and crunch to the dish.  

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 200g mini shallots or pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 cloves
  • 8 cardamom
  • 8 dried chillies
  • 4cm stick cassia bark
  • 2 onions finely sliced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 200g tinned tomatoes
  • 1kg diced leg of lamb or neck fillet
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • ½ tsp mace powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds crushed
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • Handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely shredded


  1. Melt butter in pan and fry the small onions for a few minutes until golden brown. Remove and set to one side.
  2. Add the oil to the pan and fry the bay, cloves, cardamom, chillies and cassia bark.
  3. Add the sliced onions and cook until they become translucent
  4. Stir in the turmeric, salt, ginger and garlic to soften then add the tomatoes. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until the tomatoes break down.
  5. Add lamb and stir to coat with the masala, cook on a high heat for about 20 minutes to brown the meat.
  6. Reduce the heat to lowest setting and cover with the lid and leave to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Open the pan and stir in all the ground spices (garam masala, coriander, mace, cumin, black pepper)
  8. Add the whole fried shallots back into the pan and stir. Leave them to soak up the flavours.
  9. Check the seasoning and adjust if required. Sprinkle with coriander and shredded ginger to serve.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)35
of which saturates (g)16
Carbohydrates (g)32
of which sugars (g)6
Fibre (g)11
Protein (g)49
Salt (mg)628
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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