November 7, 2008

Kerala-style Lamb Stir-fry (Lamb peralan)

Eventhough we are hardcore carnivores, we rarely buy lamb in the US. Even while we were in India, mutton was considered a bit pricey a few years ago, so it was only prepared for special occassions. I first bought lamb in the US for an Easter meal, the recipe for which I have posted on my blog. It was the recipe for a roasted lamb which was marinated overnight in red wine. We loved it! When my MIL came here, we once again bought the boneless leg of lamb for a taste of Indian Lamb Curry. My MIL made this preparation which is relatively easy to execute. With just some basic Indian spices, she made an extraordinary dry lamb preparation which we absolutely loved!! It was just another version of the typical Kerala-style beef that we make at home, and it was fantastic. It would be an excellent accompaniment to rice, rotis or chapathis. We even used a bit of the lamb curry to make a lamb stew for appam, the recipe for which I will post soon. Hope you all would give this recipe a try. This would be a great collection to your lamb recipes!


Lamb (Boneless leg of lamb) - 4 lb
Onion - 2 large, sliced
Thai green chillies - 2 small, sliced
Ginger - 2" piece, sliced
Garlic - 2 cloves, sliced
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tbsp
Coriander powder - 3 tbsp
Garam masala - 2 tbsp
Black pepper powder - 1 tbsp
Vinegar - 1 1/2 tbsp


Heat oil in a large skillet.

Saute the onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger until tender and cooked.

In a small bowl, mix the red chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and black pepper powder.

Make a smooth paste of the powders with water.

Add the spice paste to the sauteed onions mixture.

Saute well on open flame until the spices are cooked and oil starts to separate from the mixture.

Toss in the cubed meat and vinegar.

Mix until the meat is well coated with the spice mix.

Pour a little bit of water if needed.

Close the pan with a lid and cook on low flame until the lamb is cooked and tender.

When the lamb is cooked, remove the lid of the pan.

Stir fry until all the water is evaporated and the spices cling to the meat.

Serve hot.

  1. The lamb can also be cooked in a pressure cooker. Saute the onion-spice mixture, mix with the lamb and add the vinegar. Then cook in the pressure cooker. Once the lamb is cooked, transfer the cooked lamb curry to a skillet and stir fry until all the water is evaporated and the preparation is dry.


Sujatha said...

Wow, looks super delicious! I have a special liking for mutton and this dish is making me hungry now :) I too make a lamb stir fry but yours has a nice blend of spices.. will try your way next time..

Happy cook said...

I love them and it looks so yummy. Would love to have them with hot parotas.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a nice recipe. Will try it soon. Looks so good. Loved the deep red color of the lamb. YUM!

Rachel said...

I love lamb..and when it is a stir fry..I have more affinity to it..

Kalai said...

I've never used vinegar in lamb except for vindaloo. This is intriguing. I'm up for mutton anytime and would love to try this recipe!! :)

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ranji said...

the dish looks good..wouldnt mind trying it out with excellent combo with kerala parottas :)

Vandana Rajesh said...

Yummy JZ...was under the impression that u r still on an extended holiday so have not been visiting regularly. The lamb stir fry looks gr8. Allergic to lamb so will try it with chicken. The gulab jamuns too are simply lovely.