Lamb Saag

If you’re looking for a comforting family curry, this simple lamb dish with spinach takes just 15 minutes to prep and is sure to go down a treat.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1hr 30mins
Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 4


3 garlic cloves, peeled
thumb-sized piece of ginger (about 25g), peeled and roughly chopped
2 green chillies, roughly chopped
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 tbsp oil for frying
750g lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into 3cm chunks
2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tsp turmeric
2 cardamom pods, squashed
4 large tomatoes, quartered
500ml lamb stock
200g baby spinach, roughly chopped
small pack coriander, roughly chopped
naan breads or rice, to serve


  1. Put the garlic, ginger, chillies and onion into a small food processor and whizz to a purée adding 1 tbsp water if you need to.
  2. Heat 1½ tbsp oil in a large flameproof casserole or sauté pan. Brown the lamb all over in two batches, then lift onto a plate and put to one side.
  3. Add the remaining oil and fry the spices in the same pan for 2 mins, adding a splash of water if they start to catch. Then add the onion purée and cook for 2 mins.
  4. Add the lamb, tomatoes and stock. Stir, cover and cook for 45 mins.
  5. Stir in the spinach then cook for another 45 mins or until the lamb is tender. If the sauce is looking thin, take the lid off for the last 20 mins of cooking to reduce it.
  6. Scatter over the coriander. Serve with naan or rice.

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