Indian Lamb Karahi Curry

Indian Lamb Karahi Curry
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Lamb Karahi or Goat Karahi is a famous North Indian curry, often made with goat meat instead of lamb and very popular in Indian Restaurants all over the world! This is my all-time favorite, make-ahead-curry. Cooked Indian spices marry with flavor of lamb, hence curry gets rich and intense flavored as it sits in refrigerator for 10-12 hrs or longer. 

If you craving for Indian food this weekend? Just ditch the delivery and make this delicious and authentic, restaurant-style curry at home. 

Made Restaurant Style!

If you ever wonder how Indian restaurant chefs make silky, spicy,  luscious red and yummy curry, this recipe will unfold all the mysteries. The luscious red color comes from cooked, caramelized onion-tomato pasta with red pepper powder. And creaminess is courtesy of butter, yogurt and cream added while finishing the curry.

Lamb Karahi Curry Recipe

How about a complete Indian Meal?

If you planing to make rice or Indian flat bread for a complete Indian meal, I have that work done for you too. Here is, photographed step-by-step, Indian Chapati (Whole Wheat Flat Bread) and Basmati Cumin Rice recipes. Oh!! and not to be missed, Cooling Cucumber Raita

Indian Lamb Karahi Cooked Traditional-Way

Why is this curry called Lamb Karahi?

Indian Lamb Karahi (Karahi is hindi world which means Wok) is called so due to the method of preparation. As many of you may know, in restaurants, everything is prepared before hand and then assembled per order. Lamb Karahi Curry is traditionally made the same way. Everything pre-prep and then cooked quickly with fresh ginger, butter, cream in a traditional Indian wok called Karahi. However, don't worry if you don't have traditional Indian wok, a little deep steel/non-stick pan works great too.

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Making of Indian Lamb Karahi

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Indian Lamb Karahi Curry

Indian Lamb Karahi Curry
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Indian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 3 Servings - Serves: 3


Lamb Stock
Lamb Karahi
Smart Swap: To save on calories, use oil instead of butter and use 1 tbsp more cream for creaminess.


  • Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 1. Boil lamb with bay leaf, peppercorns, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp salt until just tender about 20 minutes. I often pressure cook lamb for 10-15 minutes, that is always easy and saves energy.
    Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 2. While lamb is cooking, we will prepare the rest to save a lot of time. Start with heating 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Grind the onion, 1" ginger and remaining garlic mixture using a hand blender to a fine puree.
  • Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 3. Add onion garilc puree in heated oil. Cook on low heat until water released from the mixture and onions are very soft. About 10 minutes.
    Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 4. Add turmeric, red pepper, coriander powder, cumin powder and tomato paste, saute until oil separates. (about 5-7 minutes) Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 5. Lamb should be nicely boiled by now. In a deep pan or wok, add lamb pieces, two cups of lamb boiling liquid, onion-tomato cooked paste, 1 tbsp butter and remaining 1" ginger sliced. Bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
    Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 6. Add remaining butter and yogurt. Gently mix it in and simmer at low heat stir constantly for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and black pepper.
  • Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 7. Finish with 1 tbsp heavy cream and mix well and remove from heat. Mix in fresh chopped 2 tbsp cilantro.
    Step for Recipe - Indian Lamb Karahi Curry 8. Serve with steamed rice or naan or roti and enjoy!!
Savita's Notes:
Time taken to cook lamb depends on cut of meat and quality of lamb. Fresh lamb meat cooks faster and bone-in lamb stays very moist and flavorful when prepared this way. Lamb Karahi tastes perfect if cooked 3-4 hrs before serving. It will taste even better if you cook one day in advance.

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10 Responses

  1. Thanx a lot i followed your recipe and in the end we had a very tasty dinner thank you again.
    Thanks for letting me know. I'm glad you enjoyed.
  2. Love it. Modified to make it dairy free with coconut cream. Eating it with pulao right now. Thanks!
    Hi Deepa, I'm glad you enjoyed lamb curry. Great tip on making it dairy free. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Thank You! This is simply delicious. I have cooked this twice now!!
    Farhana, I'm glad you enjoyed karahi lamb. By far, it is one of my family's favorite too. Also, thanks for sharing your feedback.
  4. Thanks for this wonderful blog! I'm making this meal now and wonder if "Red pepper powder" means hot chili pepper or mild paprika pepper? Best regards Anne
    Hi Annie, pepper here means mild paprika. If you like little heat, substitute half of it with spicy chili powder. Happy Cooking!
  5. Thanks @Piyali! thanks you for liking recipe and pictures! I totally agree, even I love to share my stories with everyone. Wordless gets very quite sometimes. I am always thankful to great bloggers around me appreciating, and taking time to listen. great feeling!! always!
  6. I loved the prelude following the recipe and what an apt explanation you have provided for this method of cooking. Honestly Word less does not work for me because I love coming to your blog to read the stories preceding the recipe. The recipes are also fantastic and the pictures are a visual treat.