Thank goodness spring has arrived... I'm enjoying these longer days and lighter mornings. It's got me all inspired for some fresh recipes in the kitchen. Here's a Spring Lamb and Eggplant curry that I've put together. It's nice and simple, and received the tick of approval from my son and husband, which isn't easy to do! With this recipe I've kept the curry quite mild to suit my family, but if you want to turn up the heat you can simply add more chilli to suit your tastes. It's an easy one for the slow cooker, and I've promptly added it to my expanding repertoire of mid week meals.
Spring Lamb and Eggplant Curry
2 medium eggplants
500-600g of Lamb shoulder cubed (or 6 lean shoulder chops split in half)
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of Rogan Josh Curry Paste
200g natural yoghurt
Now if you're like me, you may not have a fresh pot of Rogan Josh curry paste to hand. Never fear, it's easy to make your own, from ingredients you'll likely have in your pantry. Here's the recipe below.
Homemade Rogan Josh Curry Paste
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
A pinch of chilli powder (optional)
2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander
Rogan Josh Curry Paste Method
1. Heat 2 Tablespoons of peanut or sesame oil in a heavy based frying pan.
2. Add the garam masala, smoked paprika, tumeric, garlic and ginger and cook through gently for around 2 minutes, stiring.
3. Add the tomato paste, salt and pepper, and coriander and stir through.
Spring Lamb and Eggplant Recipe Method
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy based frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 6 minutes.
3. Chop the eggplant into 2cm cubes and add to the frying pan, along with the rogan josh curry paste. Stir through until coated and soft.
4. Place lamb evenly on base of casserole dish. Pour over 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, and then pour over the eggplant, onion, rogan josh mixture. Cover and bake for 1 hour, stirring once.
5. Garnish with natural yoghurt, fresh coriander and serve.
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