Lamb and Sweet Potato Curry

Recipe taken from the Good Food Channel website

Serves 4-6


8 green cardamom pods
1 tbsp sunflower oil
500g boneless shoulder or leg of lamb, cut into 2–3cm cubes, trimmed of fat
1 onion, peeled and sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
500 ml chicken stock
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
75 ml natural yogurt
handful chopped coriander, to serve


  • To extract the cardamom seeds from the pods, place the pods on a chopping board, lay the flat side of a large knife over the top and press down to lightly crush. Remove the seeds, discarding the pods, and set aside.
  • Pour the sunflower oil into a large casserole dish or saucepan with a lid. Place the pan on a high heat, then season the lamb with salt and pepper and place in the hot oil.
  • Sauté the lamb pieces, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until the meat is browned all over.
  • Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, leaving any oil behind, and set aside on a plate.
  • Add a little extra sunflower oil to the dish or pan if necessary, then reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6–8 minutes or until the onion is soft and golden.
  • Stir in the coriander, cardamom and cumin, turmeric and cayenne pepper and add the reserved lamb.
  • Stir together for a further minute then pour in the stock and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to the boil then reduce to a low heat. Cover with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is almost tender.
  • Next, tip in the sweet potato and cook for another 30 minutes or until the potato is soft. If you would like a thicker sauce, then remove the lid and cook, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the yoghurt and serve with a sprinkling of fresh coriander and naan bread.