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Goan Lamb and Coconut Curry

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Lamb Coconut Curry

Lamb and coconut curry

Lamb  Coconut Curry

This lamb coconut curry is my attempt at recreating a curry I almost always order at our local dosa restaurant. To get this one right, it is essential to use fresh grated coconut.

Not only does this add to the flavour of the lamb coconut curry, it also gives the end dish a nice crunchy texture.

I was surprised how close to the original I was copying this one tasted. In fact, it is the same if not better.

Like most curries, this lamb coconut does taste better if you cook it the day before you serve it. It adds more depth of flavour. I used the meat from a whole leg of lamb which I cut into bite sized pieces. I then roasted the bone for about 40 minutes before adding it to the curry.

The marrow and roast flavours from the bone add a lot. You don’t have to do this but if you’ve got the time, it’s worth the extra effort.

This lamb coconut  curry goes so well with homemade dosas and/or flatbreads.

If you enjoy this Indian lamb recipe try my others:

Pre cooked chicken
Railway Curry
Lamb Curry
Keralan Lamb Curry
Stir Fried Lamb
Coconut Lamb
Pre Cooked Lamb


Fresh coconut adds a lot of flavour and an nice texture.

Making lamb and coconut curry

Toast the grated coconut in the pan with a little turmeric.

Making lamb and coconut curry

Next, brown the meat with a good dose of garam masala.

Making Lamb and coconut curry

Fry the curry leaves, cumin and mustard seeds for a few seconds.

Making lamb and coconut curry

Add the onions and fry until translucent and soft.

Making lamb and coconut curry

Add the blended coriander, coconut milk and chillies to the pan with the cooked meat.


Lamb and coconut curry

Adding the bone to the curry is optional but it adds a lot of delicious flavour.

Lamb and coconut curry

Lamb and coconut curry ready to serve.



Yield: 6

Goan Lamb and Coconut Curry

Goan Lamb and Coconut Curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 leg of lamb - meat cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 coconuts - shelled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 onions - finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 large bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 x green chillies ( more or less to taste)
  • 400ml thick coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar


  1. Preheat your oven to 200c (400f) and roast the lamb bone until browned
  2. Break open your coconuts and grate all the flesh.
  3. Add 1 tablespoons of the oil to a pan over medium heat and toast the coconut with the turmeric until fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and brown your lamb with the garam masala. You may need to do this in batched. Set aside.
  5. Wipe the pan clean and pour the rest of the oil into the pan. When hot, add the cumin, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  6. Allow to sizzle for about 40 seconds and then add the chopped onion.
  7. Fry until translucent and soft and spoon in your garlic and ginger paste.
  8. Meanwhile, blend the coconut milk, green chillies, coriander and grated coconut in a blender for about a minute. Although some of the grated coconut will be blended and smooth you should still have some nice crunchy bits.
  9. Add this blended sauce to the onions in the pan and stir in the browned meat and roasted bone.
  10. Simmer until the meat is good and tender.
  11. Just before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste and pour in the vinegar.

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Kris Pillai

Friday 16th of December 2022

I have still the taste of the Goan Lamb curry that I ate 35 years ago in Mumbai. I have searched for the recipe and asked many friends of mine from Mumbai. I am glad that finally I found it here. I will try to make it tomorrow. Thank you.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Great to hear, thanks for letting me know and I hope it tasted as good as you remembered. Thanks very much. Dan


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Absolutely awesome! Just did this for dinner with some leftover rack of lamb and lamb mince (roasted the bones as suggested) and used half the coconut milk as was using coconut oil to cook with and could feel my arteries hardening, but the end result was spectacular. Will definitely do again!

Dan Toombs

Sunday 4th of October 2015

Thanks for the feedback Barbara. I'm really glad you liked the recipe.

Cheers Dan

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