Tomato Lamb Tarkari



  • 2 lbs. lamb, cut into 1.5-in. cubes
  • 3 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cups lamb stock
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon musturd seeds
  • 3 dried red chilies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 5 fresh red chilies, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons musturd oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish


    In large bowl, combine lamb pieces, pepper, turmeric, and salt; toss

    well. In a non-stick sauce pan, heat oil. To the hot oil, add fenugreek

    seeds and fry until they turn dark. Add cumin seeds, musturd seeds, dried

    red chilies and bay leaves; fry for 15 sec. Add chopped onions, and fry

    until brown. Put garlic and ginger into the onion mixture; fry for 30

    sec. To this mixture, add cumin, coriander, minced chili. Mix it well for

    a minute or so on low heat. Increase the heat to medium, and transfer the

    lamb pieces into the spice mixture; stir well to brown. Add tomatoes, lamb

    stock to the browned lamb. Lower the heat to low and let simmer until lamb

    pieces are tender, and the sauce has thickened up to a desired consistency,

    about 45-60 min.

    When cooked, turn off the heat and add chopped cilantro to garnish. Serve

    hot with rice, and or roti.

Submitted by: Tulsi Regmi