SW recipe: Bhaji topped lamb balti hotpot


  • 4 large onions, 2 roughly chopped into chunks, 2 sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly grated
  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 950g lean lamb leg steaks, visible fat removed, cut into large chunks
  • 3 tbsp medium curry powder, plus 2 extra tsp
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds, plus 1 extra pinch
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • 1kg tomatoes, roughly diced
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 750ml hot lamb or vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 peppers (mixed), deseeded and cut into large chunks
  • 2 carrots, cut into small chunks
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and patted dry with kitchen paper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves, to serve


1 Put the chopped onions. garlic and ginger in a food processor and whizz into a smooth paste (you can add water to help make it smooth, if needed).

2 Spray a large. non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat Add the lamb. in batches if necessary, and cook until browned Transfer to a bard and set aside.

3 Place a wide. shallow flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat and fry the onion paste with plenty of splashes of water until the ginger is fragrant. Add 3 tbsp curry ponder, 1 tbsp cumin seeds and 1 tsp turmeric. stirring for 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant, too. Stir in the tomatoes. then the tomato puree, and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.

4 Add the stock, lemon juice and lamb. Reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 2 hours – cover for the first 30 minutes, then remove the lid for the remaining cooking time. stirring occasionally. Stir in the peppers and carrots and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 200T/fan MOT/gas 6.

5 Meanwhile put the chickpeas in a food processor and pulse into a rough paste. Scrape into a bowl and mix in 2 tsp curry powder the remaining turmeric and the eggs. Boil the sliced onions for 3 minutes. Drain well, tip onto kitchen paper to dry thoroughly, then stir into the chickpea paste. Shape into 8 balls.

6 Sit the bhajis on top of the stew, then spray wIth low-calorie cooking spray and sprinkle over the pinch of cumin seeds. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the bhajis are cusp and golden Scatter over the coriander and serve.
Syns per serving: FREE

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