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Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

May 14, 2022

This easy, slow cooker Indian 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 cozy spices that is sure to please a crowd.


A bowl of Indian Style Lamb Curry With Cauliflower over white rice and served with yogurt and cilantro and naan

Easy Lamb Curry Made With Warm Spices.

Lamb can be an acquired taste, especially if not prepared correctly. If you‘re at all in that boat and find yourself 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 cooking lamb then this Indian curry recipe is a great place to start. In this incredibly tasty dish, we’ve slow cooked a lamb shoulder until it 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. Did we mention it's also made in the slow cooker!

Indian Style Lamb Curry With Cauliflower in a serving side next to rice and naan.

What is the Best Lamb to Use for a Curry?

This lamb curry recipe is one of our 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, the shoulder. 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?

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.

Ingredients laid out for  lamb curry cilantro, canned tomatoes, cauliflower, spices, garlic, onion and yogurt.
Indian Style Lamb Curry With Cauliflower 2

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.
lamb curry stew in a crockpot

What Flavors Go with Lamb?

Last month, we shared this Rustic Lamb 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 lamb curry stew. We like that this dish is easy enough for anyone to make, but special enough to be served as a holiday meal.

The following spices and herbs best compliment lamb:


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


  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Curry
Indian Style Lamb Curry With Cauliflower in a slow cooker

How To Make Lamb Curry?

This Indian lamb curry recipe has been created to be easy and give you an oportunity to use your slow cooker. We know it’s busy this time of year, so let this be our gift to you.

Here's how 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 just add the meat and all the remaining ingredients (except for the cauliflower) to your crock pot, 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.

Indian Style Lamb Curry With Cauliflower with cilantro, tomatoes and yogurt.
Indian Lamb Curry stew With Cauliflower with cilantro, tomatoes and yogurt.

What To Serve With 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 gluten free and is also delicious when served with:

  • Basmati rice
  • A dollop of yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Warm naan
Indian Style Lamb Curry With Cauliflower with cilantro, tomatoes and yogurt.

Looking For More Simple Lamb Recipes?

This Lamb Pie made with potatoes and puff pastry or this Rustic Lamb Pot Pie are both fool-proof winners.

As always, if you make this dish we’d love to hear all about it. 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.

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Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  5 hrs
  • Calories: 523


  • 4 lbs lamb shoulder, bone in
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 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!

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories523
  • Protein65 g
  • Carbohydrates18 g
  • Total Fat21 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol194 mg
  • sodium802 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Questions & Reviews

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  • Marcella

    The name of this is Slow Cooker LAMB Curry. You mention curry in the list of spices but the curry is not listed in the recipe nor the description in the recipe. I made this without the curry because it was not listed in the recipe and it was freaking ah-mazing! I can only imagine how good it would be with the curry. Can you tell me how much curry should be added to this recipe? I told my family that this is "curry" lamb but there is no curry in there!

    The other spices create the dry curry powder. Glad you enjoyed Marcella!

  • Chelsea

    Will lamb stew pieces work if we don’t have shoulder available?

    Sure! Hope you enjoy!

  • Tamara

    Hi - would this work with a boneless lamb leg? And if so how long do you think it'd take in the slow cooker? Thanks :)

    Hi, I believe it would work just fine! Should be the same amount of time.

  • Peter

    How can I cook this in a conventional
    Oven? Thanks!

    We don't have oven instructions for this at this time.

  • Theresa

    The whole house smells glorious. This is delicious.

    Thanks Theresa, so glad you love it!

  • Jenn

    I love all things curry and this was no exception, absolutely delicious.

    Thanks Jenn!