Creamy Lamb Korma
Creamy Lamb Korma
5 from 1 vote
This rich and savory dish combines tender chunks of lamb with a luscious creamy sauce infused with aromatic spices. The slow cooking process ensures the meat is tender and flavorful, while the creamy texture adds a touch of luxury.
Creamy Lamb Korma

Have you ever craved a rich and velvety curry that transports you to the vibrant streets of India with just one bite? Look no further than the classic Creamy Lamb Korma.

This delectable dish has a long and storied history, originating in the royal kitchens of Mughal emperors in India.

The recipe for Creamy Lamb Korma is said to have been perfected over centuries, with each generation adding their unique twist to create a dish that is fit for royalty.

The combination of succulent lamb, fragrant spices, and creamy yogurt creates a symphony of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing.

While the thought of making such a decadent dish might seem daunting, fear not! With a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can recreate the magic of Creamy Lamb Korma in your own kitchen.

The recipe difficulty level is moderate, making it perfect for both novice and experienced cooks looking to impress their dinner guests.

So why not treat yourself to a taste of culinary history with Creamy Lamb Korma? Indulge in the rich flavors and aromas of this timeless dish, and experience the culinary journey that has captivated food lovers for generations.


Lamb: High-quality lamb meat is the main protein used in this dish, providing a rich and savory flavor. It is typically cut into bite-sized pieces for the korma.

Vegetable Oil: Used for cooking the lamb and other ingredients, vegetable oil helps to prevent sticking and adds moisture to the dish.

Onions: Fresh onions are sautéed to add a sweet and aromatic flavor to the korma. They also help to thicken the sauce.

Garlic Cloves: Minced garlic cloves are added for a pungent and slightly sweet taste, enhancing the overall depth of flavor in the korma.

Ginger: Fresh ginger is grated and added to the dish for a warm and slightly spicy flavor. It also helps to tenderize the lamb.

Green Chillies: Sliced green chillies are used to add heat and a subtle grassy flavor to the korma. The level of spiciness can be adjusted to taste.

Ground Turmeric: This bright yellow spice adds color and a warm, earthy flavor to the korma. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ground Cumin: Cumin adds a nutty and slightly smoky flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall aroma and taste.

Ground Coriander: Coriander powder is used for its citrusy and slightly sweet flavor, adding depth to the korma.

Ground Cinnamon: A warm and sweet spice, cinnamon is used sparingly to add a subtle floral note to the korma.

Ground Cardamom: Cardamom powder adds a unique and aromatic flavor to the dish, balancing both sweet and savory elements.

Greek Yogurt: This tangy and creamy yogurt is used to marinate the lamb, helping to tenderize the meat and adding a slight tanginess to the sauce.

Double Cream: Adding richness and a velvety texture to the korma, double cream helps to balance out the spices and create a luxurious finish.

Ground Almonds: Finely ground almonds are used to thicken the sauce and add a subtle nutty flavor to the korma.

Salt: Adding salt to taste helps to enhance the flavors of the dish and balance out the sweetness of the cream and spices.

Fresh Coriander: Chopped fresh coriander leaves are sprinkled on top of the korma before serving, adding a fresh and herbaceous flavor to the dish.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve the creamy lamb korma over steamed basmati rice for a classic pairing.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a sprinkle of ground almonds for added flavor and texture.
  • Accompany the dish with warm naan bread or roti for a complete meal.
  • Add a side of cucumber and mint raita to help balance out the richness of the korma.
  • For a refreshing contrast, serve with a side of lemon wedges or a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


  • For a spicier kick, increase the amount of green chillies or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the korma.
  • To make it more indulgent, substitute the double cream with coconut cream for a rich and creamy coconut lamb korma.
  • For a vegetarian option, replace the lamb with your choice of vegetables such as potatoes, peas, or cauliflower.
  • Experiment with different nuts such as cashews or pistachios for a unique twist on the traditional ground almonds.
  • Add a tablespoon of mango chutney or apricot jam for a hint of sweetness to balance out the spices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Creamy Lamb Korma?

Creamy Lamb Korma is a rich and flavorful Indian dish made with tender pieces of lamb cooked in a creamy, mildly spiced sauce.

Is Creamy Lamb Korma spicy?

Creamy Lamb Korma is not usually very spicy compared to some other Indian curries. It has a more mild and creamy flavor profile, making it a great choice for those who prefer less heat in their dishes.

Can I make Creamy Lamb Korma ahead of time?

Yes, Creamy Lamb Korma is a great dish to make ahead of time as the flavors tend to develop even more if left to sit for a day or two. Simply reheat it gently on the stove before serving.

What can I serve with Creamy Lamb Korma?

Creamy Lamb Korma is typically served with rice, naan bread, or roti. You can also serve it with some pickled vegetables or a side salad for a complete meal.

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Creamy Lamb Korma

Creamy Lamb Korma

by Nabeela Kauser
This rich and savory dish combines tender chunks of lamb with a luscious creamy sauce infused with aromatic spices. The slow cooking process ensures the meat is tender and flavorful, while the creamy texture adds a touch of luxury.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 720 kcal


  • 500 g Lamb diced
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 cm Ginger grated
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 200 ml Greek Yogurt
  • 200 ml Double Cream
  • 50 g Almonds grinded into powder
  • Coriander for garnish


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the diced lamb and brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the chopped onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped green chillies. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Return the browned lamb to the pan. Add the ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, and ground cardamom. Stir well to coat the lamb and spices.
  • Pour in the Greek yogurt and double cream. Stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle in the ground almonds and season with salt to taste. Stir again.
  • Cover the pan and simmer gently for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander before serving.
  • Serve hot with rice or naan bread.


For a milder korma, deseed the green chillies or reduce the amount used.
Adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less double cream.
You can also substitute lamb with chicken or beef if desired.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 720kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 30gFat: 60gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 767mgPotassium: 603mgFibre: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 750IUVitamin C: 8mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 165mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Curry Recipe, Food, Indian Food, Korma, Lamb Curry, Lamb Korma, Recipe
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