Malaysian Lamb Korma Curry is based on a recipe from Rick Stein’s “Far Eastern Odyssey”. Its a book filled with flavour and adventure.
This recipe is a beauty but be warned you will need some time. There is nothing at all like a curry made from your own paste, and this paste is a miracle of flavour, texture and liveliness. Malaysia is a melting pot of cuisines and this curry is inspired by India, with cumin, cinnamon and cloves and finished in with coconut milk and palm sugar.
There is not always time to make a curry from scratch so make it on a Saturday night when you have a little time to cut, simmer and sit around patting your satisfied stomach afterwards.
I used diced relatively fat free diced lamb. The lamb fell apart at the touch of a fork and the depth and diversity of the ( multitude) of ingredients results in a multilayered taste experience. If you cant find all the ingredients improvise a bit, it will still be spectacular.
- 80 gm fresh grated coconut ( or dried ) ¼ tsp cloves
- 1 Tbsp corriander seeds 5 green cardomom pods
- 2 Tblsp cummin seeds ¼ tsp black peppercorns
- 2 Tblsp fennel seeds 1 tsp tummeric powder
- 3 cm piece of cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg
- 4 dried red chillis 8 macadamia nuts or candle nuts
- 300 gm eschallots or onions diced
- 25 gm piece of peeled ginger
- 40 gm garlic peeled
- 4 stalks lemon grass chopped
- 80 ml vegetable oil (4 Tablespoons )
- 1 kg lamb diced (leg or shoulder)
- 100 ml oil
- 125 ml coconut milk
- 2 tomatoes cut into wedges
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 20 gm fried shallots
- coriander leaves
- Heat a dry frypan and toast the coconut until lightly brown and tip onto a plate to cool.
- Using the same frypan toss the whole spices ( except the lemongrass) over heat until aromatic and toast.
- Pour them into a spice grinder. Grind until fine. Put these spices with the powdered spices, onion, ginger, garlic, coconut, lemongrass and oil and blend to a smooth paste.
- Trim the Lamb and cut into 3- 4 cm dice. Heat the oil in a large pot and fry off the spice paste until fragrant.
- Add the lamb and continue to saute stirring constantly.
- Add 500 ml water and 1 tsp salt . Simmer on low for approximately 1 hour or until the meat is tender.
- Add the coconut milk, tomato and sugar and simmer 15 minutes longer. Taste and add more sugar and salt or even fish sauce if desired . Finish with crispy shallots , extra coconut cream and coriander