Recipe: Burmese lamb curry
This Burmese curry dish is rich and aromatic with lamb that melts in your mouth. Myanmar, also known as Burma is situated between two amazingly flavourful countries, India and Thailand. This gives its cuisine lovely spicy and fresh flavours that are influenced by both neighbours, although still keeping a unique style of its own.
Burma is a predominantly a Buddhist country and the consumption of meat is a rare and an expensive commodity. When meat is consumed it is often from animals that have died a natural death and as such are older and the meat is tougher, so the cooking time needs to be longer, which is great for cheap cuts of meat. We have designed this recipe with the option to have it as a vegan recipe so these delicious flavours can be enjoyed by anyone.
Recipe: Burmese lamb curry
25g fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
4 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp paprika
- Generous pinch of saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp of water (or use 1 tbsp of turmeric instead of saffron)
2 tsp chilli powder
- 2 tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
700g of lamb diced (or 500g of mixed root vegetables – e.g carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, celeriac, pumpkin).
- 500ml of stock (meat or vegetable)
1 large handful of fresh coriander (optional)
Making the curry
1) Put the ginger and garlic in a blender and blitz well. Add the onions and blitz until finely minced.
2) Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan and, when very hot, stir in the onion mix.
3) Reduce heat and cook, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes until the mixture is dry, brown in patches and paste-like.
5) Brown the meat (or vegetables) in batches in the remaining oil in a hot frying pan, season with salt and pepper.
4) Add the meat or vegetables to the paste and mix well. Add the stock.
4) Bring to the boil, stirring from time to time. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the meat is tender (up to 2 hours). If cooking vegetable curry they will need 30-40 minutes.
4) Serve with rice and/or vegetables and garnish with coriander leaves.
OurPath Special Tip:
This is a serious favourite amongst our users. You could try doubling the recipe and serving it with some cauliflower rice, brown rice or some steamed vegetables. Have a look at the rest of our blog for more recipe ideas and videos in the recipe section on the blog.
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