Lamb Bhuna

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Make an authentic thick and luscious lamb bhuna recipe. Read about the bhooning process and learn about its importance for recreating a bhuna curry. Enjoy!



Spice Paste

  • 15ml (1 tbsp) cumin seeds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) coriander seeds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) mustard seeds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) dried chillies
  • 5ml (1 tbsp) fennel seeds
  • 5ml (1 tbsp) fenugreek seeds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil



  • 30ml (2 tbsp) ghee
  • 1kg (2 lbs) lamb shoulder, cubed
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 3 green chillies, washed and finely diced
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 6 tomatoes, washed and pureed
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5ml (1 tsp) garam masala


  1. First prepare the spice paste by frying all the spices in the oil until their fragrances are released. You’ll hear popping and the spices should turn a golden brown. The process should take around 5 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. Immediately remove the spices from the heat and grind finely in a coffee grinder.
  3. In the same frying pan, brown the lamb in the ghee, then set the meat aside.
  4. Fry the onions for 5 minutes or until softened, then add the garlic, chillies and curry leaves for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ground spices to the mix and give it a good stir.
  6. Pour in the tomato puree and let the mixture reach a slow simmering point, then add the lamb.
  7. Continue cooking the lamb until tender. This can take about an hour. The longer it cooks for on a low heat, the more tender the results.
  8. Season with salt and finish off with garam masala. Cook for another 5 minutes then serve.


  • Serve with pilau rice or naan.
  • Raita will help with the heat.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 441
  • Sugar: 5.5 g
  • Sodium: 377 mg
  • Fat: 20.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.9 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 49.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 161 mg