Going out for a curry? Ask for the staff curry! Or make this delicious chana Gosht!
I enjoyed one of the best chana gosht curries ever at a restaurant called Lahore Kebab House in Shoreditch.
The curry they served me wasn’t the one on the menu but a staff curry that was super spicy and out of this world delicious.
The staff curry is often the best dish you can order. Be sure to ask your waiter. This is usually an authentic meal that only the staff get to eat.
How this staff curry made its way to my blog.
I was at Lahore Kebab House to learn a few of their recipes and they wanted me to try the curry they were eating at break time.
Although I didn’t get the staff curry recipe at the time, I knew it was one I needed.
As I was busy writing my first cookbook full of British Indian restaurant curries at the time, I noted this dish down so that I could get the recipe later when I had time to try cooking it at home.
Then by surprise…
So for that same book, I was developing a recipe for shami kebabs.
It wasn’t until I tried the mixture I was cooking, before blending it all up for the shamis, that I realised that the flavour was so close to that chana gosht curry I had at Lahore!
If this isn’t their exact chana gosht recipe, it is definitely close. I love it and make it all the time now.
I pan fried the lamb this time but I prefer to grill it outside over the hot coals and recommend you do the same. It adds an amazing smoky and charred flavour.
Making chana gosht is easy and delicious. As staff curries go, this is right up there with the best I have had. You’ve really got to try this one.
Here are more curry house curry favourites you might like to try!
- 3 tablespoons coriander powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoons paprika
- 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
- 1 kilo lamb chops on or off the bone
- 2 large onions - finely chopped
- 4 green chillies - finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons garlic/ginger paste
- 400ml chopped tomatoes
- 150g (scant one cup) channa dhal (soaked for 20 mins)
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander
- Stir all of the ground spices together.
- Mix one tablespoon of the oil with one generous tablespoon of the ground spice mixture and rub this into the meat. For best results, let the meat marinate in the spices for 2 hours.
- When ready to cook, Brown the meat for a couple of minutes per side. You may need to do this in batches.
- Transfer the meat to a plate and spoon the rest of the oil into the pan.
- Fry the onions and chillies over medium high heat until the onion is soft and translucent.
- Now add the garlic/ginger paste and the rest of the ground spices.
- Stir this all up and add the tomatoes, channa dhal and add just enough water to cover. Add the browned meat.
- Simmer the curry until the channa dhal is soft and the meat is tender. This will take about an hour. You may need to add a little water during the cooking process.
- This should be quite a dry curry so when your lentils are soft, continue to simmer until you have a thick sauce.
- Add salt to taste and sprinkle with the garam masala.
- Serve garnished with the fresh coriander.