Slow Cooker Lamb Curry {Stovetop + Instant Pot}

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb curry served over rice with dollop of yogurt and charred lemon slices.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry is a hearty meal that’s easy to prepare & delicious. This easy lamb curry recipe results in fall apart tender meat that’s perfectly spiced. 

Now that Fall is here, I’m all about bringing out the slow cooker and making hearty dishes that warm you up. Enter this Indian Lamb Curry. 

This Easy Lamb Curry is rich, tangy, and all around delicious. 

How to Make Slow Cooker Lamb Curry Extra Delicious: 

  • Serve it over basmati rice to soak up all that delicious sauce. 
  • Add a dollop of yogurt to make it extra creamy. 
  • Bonus points if you eat it in your PJs on the sofa with a good glass of wine. 

What is the Best Lamb to Use for  Curry? 

  • I like to use bone-in lamb in this recipe. The bones add loads of flavor and at the end of the cook time, the meat will be falling off the bone, so you can easily pick them out of your curry. However, you can also use boneless cuts of lamb if you prefer. 

Regardless of whether you’re using bone-in or boneless lamb, you should be sure to look for flavorful cuts of lamb like lamb shoulder or lamb shanks. 

I find that I get the most flavor with American Lamb. And here’s why I choose it over lamb from Australia or New Zealand:

  • By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local farmers throughout America.
  • American Lamb is up to 10,000 miles fresher than imported lamb.
  • Sheep improve pasture quality by recycling important nutrients back into the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging plant growth.
  • Raising lamb in the U.S. is a family affair with more than 80,000 family owned operations.
  • The majority of sheep in the states graze pastures for most of their lives.

How to Make Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

  • Brown the lamb in a large skillet before adding it to the slow cooker. This adds lots of extra flavor. 
  • Brown onions, garlic and curry powder in the same skillet and then add to the slow cooker. 
  • Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. 
  • Stir in greek yogurt and serve. 

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

  • If you’re short on time, you can skip browning the lamb, onions, and garlic, but it does add a lot of flavor to this dish. 
  • You can add potatoes, cauliflower, peas or green beans to this curry. Simply add cubed potatoes, chopped cauliflower or frozen green beans to this curry recipe. Add potatoes or cauliflower to the crockpot during the last 45 minutes of cook time. Or, add frozen green beans or peas to the crockpot during the last 15 minutes of cook time. 
  • If you don’t own a slow cooker, you can also make this easy Lamb Curry on the stove or in an Instant Pot. 

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb curry served over rice with dollop of yogurt and charred lemon slices.

Lamb Curry in the Instant Pot

Brown the lamb using the SAUTE function of your Instant Pot. Set aside. Add onions, garlic and curry and saute for 3-5 minutes longer. Return lamb to Instant Pot along with remaining ingredients (except yogurt) and cook on manual HIGH pressure for 60 minutes. Stir in yogurt and serve. 

Lamb Curry on the Stove

Brown the lamb in a large dutch oven or skillet. Set aside. Add onions, garlic and curry and saute for 3-5 minutes longer. Return lamb to skillet along with remaining ingredients (except yogurt). Bring to a simmer and cook 45 minutes – 1 hour until lamb is tender. Stir in yogurt and serve. 

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb curry next to bowl of rice and tomatoes & cucumbers.

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb curry served over rice with dollop of yogurt and charred lemon slices.How to Store Leftover Lamb Curry

This Indian Lamb Curry will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days. It’s flavors will continue to develop over time. You can also freeze this curry for up to three months. 

What To Serve With Curry

  • Naan bread
  • Basmati rice
  • Yogurt
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh tomatoes & cucumbers

Lamb Curry with Coconut Milk

If you’d like to make this lamb curry dairy-free, simply substitute the yogurt for coconut milk. Stir it into the cooked lamb and turn the temperature of the slow cooker to HIGH, allow to simmer for 30 minutes before serving. 

Indian Food Recipes: 

Lamb Recipes: 

Wine with Lamb Curry:

  • Dry Riesling is a great match for this dish. It’s hint of sweetness will tame down the heat while its acidity stands up to the bold blend of spices.
  • Gewurztraminer is another lightly sweet wine that will pair well with curry.
  • Grenache is a great red wine option for this dish.

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb curry next to bowl of rice and tomatoes & cucumbers, and hands holding glass of red wine.

Lamb Curry Recipe Slow Cooker

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb curry served over rice with dollop of yogurt and charred lemon slices.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: crockpot lamb curry, easy lamb curry, indian lamb curry, lamb curry, slow cooker lamb curry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 296 kcal

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry is a hearty meal that’s easy to prepare & delicious. This easy lamb curry recipe results in fall apart tender meat that’s perfectly spiced. 

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in or 2 pounds boneless, American lamb stew meat, lamb shanks, and/or lamb shoulder steaks
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup bone broth or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of lemon

For Serving:

  • Basmati rice
  • Yogurt
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high. Once hot, add the lamb and brown on all sides, working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding the pan. Place in slow cooker.
  2. Add onions, garlic and curry powder to the skillet and cook until onions have softened, 3-4 minutes. Place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (except yogurto slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Stir in yogurt and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with basmati rice, yogurt and cilantro, if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you would like to make this curry spicy, add cayenne pepper. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Lamb Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 608mg26%
Potassium 719mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 139IU3%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 comments

  1. Waz

    5 stars
    I never really liked lamb much even back when I still ate meat, but I’m definitely curious to try this curry recipe. I’ll try using tempeh as the protein… I think that would hold up to all the yummy flavors! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  2. Martha Carrick

    5 stars
    Oh man, I love a good curry but lamb has always seemed intimidating to me. I appreciate you including the variations of ways to prepare it. Crockpot it is!

    Reply

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