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Curried Lamb Stew

"This is without a doubt the yummiest stew I've ever tasted," informs Lorna Irving of Holberg, British Columbia. "My mom often made it for special occasions when I was growing up. It's been popular with our family for the past 40 years. You can make it ahead and reheat before serving."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 pounds lean lamb stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ground coriander, cumin and cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil in batches on all sides; remove from pan and keep warm. Cook onion and garlic in drippings until onion is tender. Add the curry, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the water, pineapple juice, apple and tomato sauce.
  • Return meat to Dutch oven. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in sour cream. Serve with noodles or rice if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 310 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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  • Milan
    Oct 24, 2017

    It was really good. I added a little garlic powder and onion powder to enhance the flavor to my liking. My family enjoyed it as well. Thanks

  • KC.Hrkal
    Feb 20, 2013

    Exceptional! Substituted tomato paste for the tomato sauce (w/added water). Very, very good. Will make this again! Husband loved it! It's spicy....but not too hot.

  • kristenkcole
    Jan 8, 2013

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  • taylor
    Apr 29, 2012

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  • alexismd
    Jan 4, 2011

    This was very tasty. Maybe a little too creamy personally, but very similar to what you get at any good Indian restaurant. I only left out the coriander as I didn't have it on hand so I added a little more cumin, since I like the taste. But very good recipe.

  • HalloweenHoney
    Oct 29, 2010

    i love love LOVE this stew! I make it every year for Halloween. I always double the spice mixture tho. I love spice so thats just my progitave. its a must make!

  • amberbuddy
    Feb 10, 2010

    Excellent. Spicy and creamy. I added green pepper and celery as I had less than the required amount of lamb.

  • megenhonner
    Mar 20, 2009

    This stew is EXCELLENT! My husband is addicted, and hunts for sales on lamb now with this dish in mind when we're shopping ;). I have 1) added additional liquids in the form of tomato sauce or pureed canned tomatoes, and b) added substantially more cayenne because we're spice fans. Can't recommend this enough!