Indian Lamb Vindaloo, Easy (can make Mild to Hot)



Slightly adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's "Quick & Easy Indian Cooking." An excellent cookbook, and this is my family's favorite out of the many beloved meals in her book. I highly recommend getting her book if you want to try out easy, delicious Indian recipes.

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3 to 4


30 Min


1 Hr


Stove Top


1 1/2 Tbsp
grainy mustard
1 1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp
ground turmeric
1/2-1 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
1 tsp
red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp
olive oil
onion, chopped or sliced
6 clove
garlic, pressed or chopped fine, or paste
1 1/4 lb
lamb, cut in 1 inch cubes
2/3 c
canned coconut milk

Directions Step-By-Step

Pour a couple Tablespoons olive oil into a large pan or pot. Place all of the ingredients into the pan, except for the coconut milk.
Heat & stir over medium high heat, adding a bit of water as needed, to keep bottom from burning. Cook until onions and meat are well cooked and browned.
Add coconut milk at the end, stirring well to mix.

You can add more coconut milk than the 2/3 cup, according to your taste preferences. Just do a little at a time, and taste as you go along. You may also add more cayenne pepper (Madhur Jaffrey said Goans would use 4 tsp.) if you like a hotter dish.
Serve over basmati rice.

I do 2 1/2 cups dry basmati rice plus 1/2 cup Jasmine rice, 1/2 Tbsp. salt, several Tbsps. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or butter), and enough water according to my rice cooker instructions.

Good over a nutty brown rice and quinoa mix, too.
Plan ahead:

I like to measure out several batches of the ingredients (minus the coconut milk) in ziplock freezer bags. I buy a big leg of lamb and cut it into chunks for this.

Then I have an easy meal that I just have to dump the ingredients from the bag into a pan.
Also good served with yogurt sauce:

Plain, unsweetened yogurt, mixed with dried herbs such as: mint, marjoram, basil and oregano (all of them together tastes great.) Chopped onion may also be added.

Also good with soft pita or naan bread.

Also good with mango lahsi drink: in a blender combine plain yogurt, frozen mango chunks, and optional: honey, few drops rose water, shake or two of cardamom powder.

Pictured with a purple cabbage side dish. This side dish can be made with green peas instead. I'll link to the recipe once I have it up.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: Indian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free