An 11 Year Old Cooks Lamb Korma

So the adventurous eater decided he wanted to make a curry. We looked through some recipes and found Gordon Ramsey’s take on Lamb Korma. Neither of us had tried making that before so we thought it might be worth a try. And he liked the idea of cutting up big chunks of meat (‘We cut up a cow’s heart at school this week’. Nice.)

For Lamb Korma like you’d experience at your local Taj Mahal you will need:

  • leg of lamb
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 green chillies
  • 75g almonds
  • 75g cashew nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 onions
  • 150ml yoghurt
  • saffron strands, soaked in 1 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • coriander leaves


For this creation the adventerous eater was in charge.First he hacked up the poor lamb into bits and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Then the chillies, garlic, and ginger were chopped up (the assistant, me, did the chillis):

The chopped up stuff was put in a grinder and the nuts and some water added. It was whizzed until a nice thick paste formed (should have the colour of Arm & Hammer Mint toothpaste (you know that powdered stuff your grandparents had in the bathroom)

Then the lamb was fried in oil until it was browned all over (Although it was pointed out that it didn’t really brown it more kind of ‘greyed’).

Now the spices were prepared. The cinnamon, cloves, curry leaves, crushed coriander seeds and cardamom were fried for a couple of mins and then the onion was added and cooked until soft.

Then some of the yoghurt was mixed with the saffron, followed up with the nutty paste:

Then this was added to the spicy stuff together with the lamb and cooked slowly for an hour:

Before serving some more yoghurt and some lemon juice was added. It was served with coriander, rice, poppadums, mango chutney and raita:

Now all I need is a bottle of cold beer (Pepsi Max for the boy)

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