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Indian Maharashtra Lamb à la Kolhapuri Recipe

Ryan Thomas is a university graduate who enjoys cooking recipes from a wide variety of culinary traditions.

Homemade Maharashtra Lamb

Homemade Maharashtra Lamb

Spicy Lamb

Indian food has a certain vitality and energy that is hard to match. An incredible diversity of rich spices makes for food that is superbly flavored and offers a wonderfully savory spiciness. Somehow, Indian dishes are perfect for both hot summer days and chilly winter nights.

Due to its spiciness, this lamb dish is an excellent recipe for when somebody is sick. That was, in fact, the reason why I made it for my sick mother, and it sure did help in her recovery.

Of course, the type of peppers that one utilizes with this dish cause it to vary tremendously in its level of spice. I utilized three green peppers with many of the seeds removed, and it was insufficiently spicy for my tastes. But in the past, I used chillies like the recipe originally recommended, and I found that I liked that more. With peppers instead of chillies, the recipe was further improved, although it was good in both cases.

This recipe is adapted from one found in A Taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey, a superb Indian cookbook and guide to India.


  • 4 dried red chillies
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 4 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10 whole cardamon pods
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 pounds lamb


  1. Chop the lamb into ~1-inch cubes. Place the 4 tablespoons yoghurt, minced 1 clove garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric in a bowl, and mix well. Then add the lamb, mix well, and refrigerate, covered, from 3 hours to overnight.
  2. When the meat is done marinating (or close to it, about 10 to 15 minutes away from its completion time), place 1 tablespoon of oil into a small skillet.
  3. Place the chillies and the cinnamon, and fry while stirring until the chillies turn a darker shade. Remove, and place into a separate bowl or plate.
  4. Then add the cloves, cardamon, and coriander, back into the same frying pan and fry them as well until they begin to turn darker coloration (be aware that they might put out an impressive amount of smoke). Then remove them and put them into the same bowl or onto the same plate with the chillies and cinnamon.
  5. Place the remaining oil into a large skillet, and heat it over medium/high heat. Put in 1/2 the chopped onions. Cook until the onion begins to turn a brownish/red color, then add the rest of the onions, cook another minute, reduce heat, and add the remaining garlic and ginger.
  6. Stir a bit more, then add in the spices from step 2, and then provide 1/2 cup of water and cook for a few more minutes. Introduce the meat, turn up the heat to medium/high, and cook for 10 minutes. Then add 1 cup of water, bring a simmer, reduce heat to lowest and simmer for 1 hour until the meat is tender.

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