Cardamom lamb stew

Experience the captivating flavors of India in every bite with our Cardamom Lamb Hotpot. This deliciously aromatic dish combines the rich and tender lamb meat with a blend of traditional Indian spices. The result? A tantalizing fusion of flavors that will transport you to the vibrant streets of India. Topped with a layer of golden potatoes, this stew is the ultimate comfort food. Perfect for cooking in bulk, it’s a healthy meal that can easily be made in advance and enjoyed throughout the week. Treat your taste buds to a delicious adventure with this delicious creation!


  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 50g ginger root, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 30 cardamom pods, deseeded and ground
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 kg lean, diced lamb
  • 700 ml lamb broth
  • 2 fresh red chili peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 100 g coconut cream (from a block), chopped
  • 20 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 eggplants, diced
  • 400g bag of spinach
  • 1½ kg large new potatoes
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp tamarind paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 10 fresh curry leaves

Preparation steps

  1. Place onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor and puree until pureed.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the onion puree, stirring frequently, until it begins to color, 20 minutes.
  3. Add cardamom and coriander and fry for a few more minutes.
  4. Add the lamb and sauté until it begins to brown.
  5. Pour in the broth and then add chili, tomato paste, coconut and curry leaves.
  6. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Add the eggplant and cook for another 30 minutes, until the lamb and eggplant are tender.
  8. Cook the potatoes whole in their skins for 15-20 minutes until just tender, then drain and allow to cool.
  9. In a hot pan, wilt the spinach, then cool and squeeze with your hands to remove as much water as possible.
  10. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thick slices.
  11. Toss the potato slices with oil, tamarind, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves and spices.
  12. Stir the spinach into the curry and place in an ovenproof dish.
  13. Pile the potato mixture on top and press down lightly.
  14. If you want to eat it straight away, preheat the oven to 160°C/180°C fan/gas mark 4 and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  15. Serve with chutney and raita or an Indian salad of chopped red onions, coriander, tomatoes, cucumbers and lemon juice.

Nutritional Information

578 28g 13g 43g 14g 7g 38g 0.5g

Equipment and tools

To prepare the cardamom lamb hotpot you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • Large cooking pot
  • Blender or food processor
  • tablespoon
  • teaspoon
  • Wooden spoon or spatula

Allergen information

The cardamom lamb hotpot contains the following allergens:

  • lamb
  • coconut
  • Tamarind

Before consuming the dish, please make sure that you or your guests do not have any allergies to these ingredients.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftover Cardamom Lamb Hotpot, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the desired portion in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until piping hot. Alternatively, heat it on the stove in a covered pot over medium heat until warmed through.

Note: The consistency and taste of the dish may change slightly after cooling.

The Health Benefits of Cardamom Lamb Stew

Cardamom lamb stew is a flavorful and aromatic dish that not only satisfies your taste buds but also offers several health benefits. Made with a combination of nutritious ingredients, this dish is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can contribute to overall well-being. Let’s explore the health benefits of the main ingredients of this delicious stew.


Cardamom is a spice known for its intense aroma and distinct taste. It is rich in antioxidants that help fight inflammation and free radicals in the body. In addition, cardamom can improve digestion, reduce bloating, and stimulate metabolism, which can be helpful in weight control.


Ground coriander adds delicious flavor to the stew while providing various health benefits. It contains antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Coriander also has antibacterial properties and can promote healthy digestion.


The lean lamb cubes used in this stew are an excellent source of high-quality protein. Protein is essential for muscle growth, repair and maintenance. Lamb is also rich in vitamins, including vitamin B12 and iron, which are important for energy production and blood cell formation.


Eggplant, also known as eggplant, is a low-calorie vegetable that gives the stew a creamy consistency. They are a good source of fiber, which promotes digestive health and helps with weight control. Eggplant also contains antioxidants that may help protect against cell damage.


Spinach is a nutrient-dense leafy vegetable rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as iron. It supports healthy vision, strengthens the immune system and contributes to bone health. Spinach is also rich in antioxidants that protect the body from chronic diseases.

New potatoes

New potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, which are the body’s main source of energy. They also contain fiber and essential minerals like potassium, which is important for maintaining a healthy heart and blood pressure.


Tamarind paste not only adds a spicy taste to the stew but also brings several health benefits. It contains compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tamarind also promotes digestion, lowers cholesterol and can support weight loss.

With these nutritious ingredients, cardamom lamb hotpot is not only a delicious culinary experience, but also a dish that promotes vitality and well-being. So next time you make this savory recipe, enjoy the taste and reap the incredible health benefits it offers.

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