Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

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Slow Cooker Lamb Curry
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This easy, slow cooker lamb curry is the perfect meal to warm your belly at the end of a long, cold day. It’s a hearty, one-dish meal filled with Indian spices that is sure to please a crowd for any occasion.

Lamb can be an acquired taste, especially if not prepared correctly.  If you‘re at all in that boat and find yourself a intimidated by lamb, allow us to change your mind once and for all with this Indian-style lamb curry made with American Lamb.

If you’re new to lamb then this lamb curry is a great place to start. In this incredibly tasty dish, we’ve slow cooked a lamb shoulder until it just falls apart. This method allows the rich flavors of the lamb to mellow out among the warm spices of cumin, garlic, turmeric and cinnamon. These spices are tailor made to compliment lamb and make this curry sing.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

What is the Best Lamb to Use for a Curry? 

This lamb curry recipe is one of my favorites, because not only is the flavor profile “beginner friendly,” winning over even the most skeptical of palates, but it uses one of the most cost effective cuts of lamb. So, instead of that rack of lamb you were considering for Christmas Eve, how about a big bowl of warm lamb curry over basmati rice, with a piece of soft, buttered naan? Sounds pretty perfect, right?

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Why choose American Lamb?

You may be wondering why we use American Lamb for our lamb dishes as opposed to whatever else we find at our grocery store. For starters, we are committed to always sourcing the very best meat. For more reasons than we can count, now more than ever feels like a good time to start thinking sustainably about the meat we consume.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

American Lamb 101 (the Quick TMP Version):

  • American Lamb farmers and ranchers are committed to practices that protect the environment, improve land management and foster animal well-being.
  • American Lamb is a flavorful, nutrient-rich food and an excellent source of Vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium.
  • Lamb is produced in every state in the country so fresh, local lamb is available year-round.

It tastes really good. Like really good.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

What Flavors Go with Lamb?

Last month, we shared this rustic lamb pot pie recipe in celebration of all things fall, but now that the holidays are upon us and winter weather is in full swing, we are in love with this comforting curry dish. We like that this dish is easy enough for anyone to make, but special enough to be served as a holiday meal.

In our research, we found that the following spices and herbs best compliment lamb:


  • Basil
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro


  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Curry
Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

How Do You Make a Simple Lamb Curry?

Drawing from our research, we came up with this lamb curry recipe and have made it even easier by giving you the chance to use your slow cooker. We know it’s busy this time of year, so let this be our gift to you. To make this delicious lamb curry, first brown the meat in a hot skillet (don’t ever skip on this step, your tastebuds will thank you later). Then we just add that meat and all the remaining ingredients to our slow cooker, set it and walk away. Boom. That’s it.

The result is a warmly spiced lamb curry, prepared with little effort and resulting in huge flavor. Everyone will love it, and you can use the time you saved on making dinner for things like walks in the snow, staring at twinkle lights, and baking with the ones you love.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

What Should You Serve With this Lamb Curry?

Because a little bit of lamb can go a long way, we like to use cauliflower to soak up some of that delicious sauce. If you chose to do this, simply add the cauliflower to the slow cooker for the last hour of cooking‚ it really serves to bring the whole dish together. This one-pot dish is also delicious when served with:

  • Basmati rice
  • A dollop of yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Warm naan
Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

If you’re looking for more simple recipes that are perfect for special occasions, this lamb pot pie is another fool-proof winner.

And, as always, if you do make this dish we’d love to hear from you. Post a picture and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can see how it turned out!

This sponsored post is written by TMP on behalf of American Lamb. The opinions and text are all ours. Thank you for supporting the brands we love.

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Serves 6


4 lbs lamb shoulder, bone in
2 tbsp olive oil
1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp tumeric
2 tsp cinnamon
1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets
basmati rice for serving
naan for serving
plain yogurt for serving


  1. Generously season shoulder steaks with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat and add in oil. Working with half of the lamb should steaks brown both sides and set aside. Finish with remaining steaks.
  3. In a large slow cooker add in tomatoes, onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and 1 tsp of salt. Stir until just mixed together. Fit browned lamb into the liquid and cover. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  4. When the curry has 1 hour left, add in the cauliflower and give everything a good stir.
  5. Serve cauliflower over warm rice with a scoop of yogurt and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!