This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Hearty Lamb Korma Curry From Tamil Feasts

Food

We’re back in the kitchen with the legends at Tamil Feasts (விருந்து), a social enterprise is supporting recently-settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food and culture. 

For the second dish, Nigethan shares his Korma Lamb Curry – a hearty recipe perfect for these chilly winter months!

10th July, 2018

Nirma and Niro from Tamil Feasts in the kitchen at The Merri Table, Melbourne. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

A simple and tasty Tamil-style lamb curry. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli. Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.

Nigethan’s lamb curry for one! Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli. Styling Assistant – Ashley Simonetto.

Niro prepping the crowd-pleasing papadams. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Nigethan
Tuesday 10th July 2018

This korma curry is a really soft and creamy curry, thanks to the cashews and coconut milk. It’s also mild in terms of spice so appeals to everyone, from children to adults.

I’ve adapted this recipe from those my mother and wife used to cook for me back in Sri Lanka. Normally we eat a lot of fish, so would only have a red meat curry like this a couple of times a month. But through feedback from our Tamil Feasts, we have found that people really enjoy this lamb version here in Australia – it usually ends up being the most popular dish of the night!

Ingredients (serves 4)

1kg lamb shoulder, diced
1 cinnamon stick
6 cardamom pods

1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 dsp mustard seeds
200g raw cashews

2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
4 whole dried chillies
1 dsp harrissa
1 can coconut milk
½ bunch fresh coriander
2 tbsp tamarind juice
Salt to taste

Method

Heat oil in a large stockpot, over a medium heat. Add the lamb, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods with some salt and cook until browned.

In a separate pot, heat vegetable oil and add the onion, garlic, tomato paste and all the spices and cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine tamarind juice, cashews and ½ cup water and allow to soak, squeeze together in your hand to extract the juice.

Add the tamarind liquid (not pulp) and coconut milk to the spice blend and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the fresh coriander. Blend all together using a stick blender.

Add the lamb to the sauce and cook over a low to medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.

Season with salt to taste.

 

Why is Tamil Feasts so important?

By supporting Tamil Feasts the people of Melbourne and Australia show their support for asylum seekers and dissatisfaction with the current immigration policies. Furthermore, this initiative helps the men involved to be integrated into Australian society, to gain work experience, friendships and a sense of community in a country that they now call home.

‘Come along and enjoy a delicious feast, bring your friends, meet the guys and welcome them into the community! Sign up to volunteer and learn how to make the best curry in town,’ adds project coordinator Emma McCann. ‘Through food and sharing their stories, they are breaking down barriers.’

Run by not-for-profit CERES, Tamil Feasts are very popular and bookings are essential. Check out the website for more information.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Food

Spice Mama · Beetroot and Ginger Curry

Spice Mama, aka Shaheen Hughes, shares a vibrant vegetarian recipe inspired by her Indian heritage.
Shaheen Hughes and Sultana Shamshi

Food

Spice Mama · Coconut Fish Curry

Passionate Indian cook Shaheen Hughes of the hit Perth-based blog, Spice Mama, shares the first recipe in a month-long menu inspired by her
Shaheen Hughes and Sultana Shamshi

Food

Tamil Feasts' Unforgettable Crab Curry

A flavoursome Sri Lankan dish from the Melbourne-based social enterprise supporting recently-settled asylum seekers through the celebration
Nigethan

This Week

TDF Design Awards

The Emerging Designers In The Running To WIN At The TDF Design Awards

Seven of Australia's most accomplished new designers and emerging design studios, in the running to WIN at TDF Design Awards!

Gardens

A Robust Rooftop Garden In Rozelle

Klaus and Anne Schindhelm share their expansive apartment 'backyard' with spectacular water views!
Georgina Reid
  12 hours ago

News

The Archibald Arrives At TarraWarra

Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art award comes to Victoria, featuring portraits of 51 subjects.
Miriam McGarry

Art

Influential Australian Women Star In National Portrait Prize Shortlist

Nova Peris, Magda Szubankski, Annabel Crabb and other icons grace the paintings in the running for Australia's richest art prize, the 2019 D...
Elle Murrell

Interiors

Apartment Life, Furnished Right!

Simone Haag Interior Design transforms a tiny apartment in Clifton Hill into a fun and functional space.
Miriam McGarry

Modernist Australia

A Robin Boyd Bushland Block Up For Sale!

A classic home by Australia's most loved modernist architect, the 'Uglow House' in Montmorency is on the market for a steal!
Patricia Callan

Homes

Plant Mama’s Plant Haven!

Green guru Jenna Holmes aka Plant Mama shares her Collingwood jungle home.

Studio Visit

The Art Of Daydreaming, Captured In A New Exhibition By Kat Macleod

Inside ‘Reverist’, a new body of work that goes on show at Lamington Drive tonight!
Elle Murrell

Creative People

The New Australian Furniture Brand That ‘Won’t Break The Bank’

The new Peninsula furniture range by Jake Williamson aims to make local design accessible.
Lucy Feagins
  4 hours ago

TDF Design Awards

And Winners Of The TDF Design Awards Are...

After celebrating last night at our fabulous awards ceremony, we are so excited to announce the WINNERS of the TDF Design Awards 2019!

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours: Spring Greens with Ricotta

Our favourite foodie is back with another must-cook dish! Today, the self-taught cook shares her recipe for a simple crowd-pleasing starter....
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Interiors

A Swedish Summer Cottage In South Australia

Emma Read and Sarah Hall of My Sister And The Sea create a cosy cottage getaway on the edge of the Innes National Park.
Miriam McGarry

Shopping

Ten Things Lucy Loved At Maison & Objet In Paris!

Lucy shares the top ten picks from her whirlwind trip to Paris, for Maison & Objet, the premier trade fair for decoration, design and lifest...

Studio Visit

The Story Behind Our One-Of-A-Kind Awards Trophies

How glass artist Amanda Dziedzic created the exquisite glass trophies we'll be awarding to the TDF Design Award winners tonight!

Architecture

A Modern Country Home Inspired By The Aussie Shed

The Wensleydale by Byrne Architects is the epitome of luxe, contemporary country living - and you can stay here!
Miriam McGarry

Similar Stories

Food

Spice Mama · Beetroot and Ginger Curry

Spice Mama, aka Shaheen Hughes, shares a vibrant vegetarian recipe inspired by her Indian heritage.
Shaheen Hughes and Sultana Shamshi

Food

Spice Mama · Coconut Fish Curry

Shaheen Hughes of the hit Perth-based blog, Spice Mama, shares the first recipe in a month-long menu inspired by her Indian heritage!
Shaheen Hughes and Sultana Shamshi

Food

Tamil Feasts' Unforgettable Crab Curry

A flavoursome Sri Lankan dish from the Melbourne-based social enterprise supporting recently-settled asylum seekers through the celebration
Nigethan