Recipe: Kerala Style Lamb Stir-Fry

This simple lamb stir-fry recipe is a Kerala specialty by Maya Kaimal makes a nice light meal. You can pair this Indian dish with puri (Indian fry-breads) or Indian crepes or serve it with dhal, spinach chutney, and rice for a full meal.

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  • 2 cups (360g) thinly sliced onion
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced green chile (serrano, Thai, or jalapeño)
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 pounds (900g) cubed leg of lamb trimmed of fat (about 4 cups (3/4-inch) cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, fry onion in oil until edges are nicely browned. Add garlic, ginger, and green chile and stir for 1 minute.
  2. Mix ground spices with water to form a paste; add to onion mixture. Stir briefly until spices release their fragrance.
  3. Add lamb and salt and fry over medium heat, stirring frequently util lamb is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste for salt.
  4. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat.
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Source: Curried Favors: Family Recipes from South India © by Maya Kaimal. Reprinted with permission by Abbeville Press.

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