Lamb Bhuna
Lamb Bhuna
5 from 4 votes
Lamb bhuna is a culinary delight that brings the essence of Indian spices to your table. This rich and flavourful dish tantalizes taste buds and offers a gastronomic experience like no other. Perfect for special occasions or everyday indulgence.
Lamb Bhuna

Welcome to the aromatic world of Lamb Bhuna, a classic Indian dish that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich flavors and tender meat.

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, Lamb Bhuna is a dish deeply rooted in tradition and is beloved for its deep, spicy gravy and succulent lamb pieces.

While the name might sound exotic, fear not, as creating this dish is simpler than you might think. With a few key ingredients and a bit of patience, you can master the art of making Lamb Bhuna right in your own kitchen.

This dish is perfect for those looking to expand their culinary horizons or spice up their dinner routine.

Don’t let the list of spices intimidate you; each one plays a crucial role in creating the complex flavor profile that makes Lamb Bhuna so irresistible. From the earthy warmth of cumin to the fiery kick of chili powder, every ingredient comes together harmoniously to create a dish that is sure to impress.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different types of chilies for varying levels of heat and flavor in your Lamb Bhuna.


Lamb: Tender chunks of lamb form the heart of this dish, providing a rich and meaty flavor that pairs perfectly with the aromatic spices.

Oil: Used for sautéing the onions and spices, oil adds depth to the dish and helps to create a luscious gravy.

Onions: Finely chopped onions add sweetness and texture to the dish, creating a flavorful base for the spices.

Tomatoes: Pureed tomatoes lend a tangy sweetness to the dish, balancing out the heat from the spices.

Garlic: Minced garlic brings a pungent flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall savory profile.

Ginger: Grated ginger adds warmth and depth to the dish, complementing the other spices beautifully.

Green Chilies: Slit green chilies provide a subtle heat to the dish, adding a bit of kick without overwhelming the other flavors.

Spices: A blend of cumin seeds, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon powder, and cardamom powder create the signature flavor profile of Lamb Bhuna.

Salt: To taste, salt enhances the flavors of the dish, bringing all the ingredients together harmoniously.

Coriander: Freshly chopped coriander leaves add a pop of color and freshness to the finished dish, balancing out the richness of the gravy.

Expert Tip: Don’t rush the cooking process; allowing the spices to cook down slowly will intensify their flavors.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve Lamb Bhuna hot, garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves for a burst of freshness.
  • Accompany with naan bread, roti, or steamed rice to soak up the delicious gravy.
  • Pair with a side of cooling cucumber raita or tangy mango chutney to balance out the heat of the spices.
  • For a complete meal, serve with traditional Indian sides such as samosas, pakoras, or onion bhajis.

Expert Tip: For extra depth of flavor, marinate the lamb in yogurt and spices for a few hours before cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of meat instead of lamb?

Yes, you can substitute lamb with chicken, beef, or even paneer for a vegetarian option. Adjust cooking times accordingly.

Is Lamb Bhuna very spicy?

The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to your preference by varying the amount of chili powder and green chilies used.

Can I make Lamb Bhuna in advance?

Yes, Lamb Bhuna tastes even better the next day as the flavors have had time to meld together. Simply reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

You can add a splash of water or broth to thin out the gravy to your desired consistency.

Can I freeze leftover Lamb Bhuna?

Yes, Lamb Bhuna freezes well. Store it in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Lamb Bhuna

Lamb Bhuna

by Nabeela Kauser
Lamb bhuna is a culinary delight that brings the essence of Indian spices to your table. This rich and flavourful dish tantalizes taste buds and offers a gastronomic experience like no other.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4
Calories 468 kcal


  • 500 g Lamb
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Onions Finely chopped
  • 3 Tomatoes Pureed
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1- inch Ginger Grated
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt To Taste
  • Coriander Chopped (For Garnish)


  • Heat 2 tbsp of cooking oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
  • Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a moment until fragrant.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and a pinch of salt. Cook this masala mixture until the oil starts to separate from it. This may take about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the bite-sized lamb pieces and cook until they are well-sealed and turn brown on all sides. This should take around 5-7 minutes.
  • Pour in about 1 cup of water and mix well. Cover the pan and let the lamb cook on low heat for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until it becomes tender. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.
  • Once the lamb is tender and the gravy has thickened, add the slit green chilies, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon powder, and cardamom powder. Adjust salt according to taste. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  • The lamb bhuna should have a thick, rich gravy coating the meat. If it’s too thick, you can add a splash of water to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve the delicious Lamb Bhuna with naan, roti, or steamed rice.


This Lamb Bhuna recipe offers a delightful balance of aromatic spices and tender meat. Adjust the level of red chilli powder and green chillies according to your spice preference.
You can customize the recipe by adding vegetables like bell peppers or potatoes during the cooking process.
Feel free to double the recipe for larger gatherings.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 23gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 673mgPotassium: 635mgFibre: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 928IUVitamin C: 18mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Dinner, Food, Homemade, Lamb, Meat, Recipe
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