How To Cook Lamb Curry In The Ninja Dual Air Fryer

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Are you tired of spending long hours in the kitchen trying to perfect your lamb curry recipe?

This Air Fryer Lamb Curry recipe is here to make your life easier and your taste buds happy too!

Air Fryer Lamb Curry

In this blog, I will show you the secret to achieving mouthwatering, restaurant-quality lamb curry right in your own home.

Not only does the air fryer produce delicious results, but it also saves you time in the kitchen.

Its quick and efficient cooking process means you can have a tasty lamb curry ready in no time.

Air Fryer Lamb Curry With Rice And Naan Bread
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What Cut Of Lamb Is Good For Curry?

When it comes to making lamb curry, choosing the right cut of meat is essential.

Different cuts of lamb have varying levels of tenderness and flavours, so it’s important to select the one that suits your preferences and cooking method.

For curry dishes, cuts like leg of lamb or shoulder are most commonly used.

This is also the perfect recipe for any leftovers of lamb you may have.

Bowl Of Air Fryer Lamb Curry

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • Lamb: 500g of good-quality lamb, diced into bite-sized pieces.
  • Onions: 2 large onions, finely chopped.
  • Garlic: 4 cloves, minced.
  • Ginger: A thumb-sized piece, grated.
  • Tomatoes: 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped.
  • Chilli: 1 red chilli, finely chopped. Adjust for your spice preference.
  • Coriander Powder: 2 teaspoons.
  • Cumin Powder: 1 teaspoon.
  • Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon.
  • Coconut Milk: 400ml.
  • Chicken Stock: 250ml.
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons.
  • Fresh Coriander: A handful, chopped. For garnishing.
  • Lime: 1, cut into wedges.

How to Make Air Fryer Lamb Curry

Step 1: Marinate the Lamb

Start by trimming any excess fat from the lamb, as this can lead to a greasy curry.

Add your diced lamb to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Add a teaspoon of coriander powder, cumin powder, and half a teaspoon of turmeric.

Mix it well and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2: Prepare the Air Fryer

After 25 minutes preheat the air fryer to 180C / 360F for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Sautéing

Once preheated add some oil to the air fryer basket.
Add the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Let them sizzle until golden and fragrant.

Step 4: Spice It Up!

Sprinkle in the red chilli and stir well.
Then add the coriander powder, cumin powder, and garam masala.

Step 5: Add the Lamb

Place your marinated lamb in the air fryer basket. Let it sear and soak in the spices.

Step 6: The Sauce

Add in the chopped tomatoes. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken stock.

Step 7: Air Fry The Curry

Air fry for about 20-25 minutes, stirring it halfway through.

Step 8: Final Touch

Once the lamb is cooked, sprinkle in that fresh coriander.
Squeeze a wedge of lime over the curry for that citrusy zing.

Step 9: Serve and Enjoy!

Dish it up on a bed of fluffy rice or with some warm naan bread.

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Lamb Curry Tips And Tricks

To take your lamb curry to the next level, here are some tips and tricks to enhance the flavour:

Pick the Right Cut: Go for lamb shoulder or leg – they’re tender and full of flavour.

Marination: Don’t rush the marination. Give those spices time to absorb. The longer, the better!

Fresh is Best: Opt for fresh tomatoes and herbs for the best flavour.

Mind the Heat: Adjust the chilli to your liking. Spice is nice, but it’s your curry.

Layer the Spices: Sprinkle your spices at different stages for a more aromatic flavour.

Experiment with Herbs: Fresh coriander is a classic, but don’t shy away from experimenting with other herbs like mint or parsley.

Add Nuts: Crushed almonds or cashews add a lovely nuttiness. Sprinkle them on top for a crunchy twist.

Let It Rest: Allow the curry to rest for a bit before serving. Flavours will mingle and intensify.

Lime Zest: Grate some lime zest into the curry just before serving. Its citrusy zing lifts the flavours.

Grater and Lime Zest On  A Wooden Chopping Board

Storing And Reheating Your Air Fryer Lamb Curry

Refrigeration

  • Once the lamb curry is cooked, let it cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the curry to an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Store the container in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking.

Freezing

  • To freeze the lamb curry, let it cool no longer than 2 hours then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag.
  • Label the container or bag with the date and contents, and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat the frozen lamb curry, follow the method below.
  • When freezing the curry, it’s best to divide it into smaller portions, as this will make it easier to thaw and reheat later.

Reheating

  • To reheat the lamb curry, remove it from the refrigerator/freezer and place it in the air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer to the reheat mode or 180C / 360F and cook the curry for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Add a few minutes extra if the curry is frozen.
  • Monitor the temperature of the curry using a meat thermometer (I use and recommend this thermometer) to avoid overheating or burning. When thoroughly heated the temperature will have reached 82C / 180F to 85C / 185F.

Remember, when freezing or reheating food, it’s important to prioritise food safety.

Always check the temperature of the food to ensure it’s hot enough to kill any bacteria that may have grown during the freezing or reheating process.

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Air Fryer Curry Q And A

Can I use frozen lamb for this recipe?

It’s advisable to defrost the frozen lamb or use fresh lamb when making the curry.

How do I avoid overcooking the lamb?

Keep an eye on your lamb, adjust the time and temperature as needed. Always check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer.

Can I use the air fryer for other curry recipes?

Indeed, the air fryer makes cooking curries a breeze. Try this recipe with different meats such as chicken, pork or beef.

Does the air fryer make the lamb crispy like traditional frying?

Yes, it has a way of giving your lamb a crispy exterior while keeping the insides tender.

Can I add veggies to the lamb curry?

Add in some veggies such as mushrooms and peppers. Watch them turn crispy and delicious.

Any secret ingredient for an extra kick in the lamb curry?

Add a pinch of smoked paprika – it’s like a tiny flavour bomb that takes your curry to the next level.

Can I make vegetarian or vegan versions of lamb curry in the air fryer?

Yes, you can make vegetarian or vegan versions of lamb curry in the air fryer by substituting the lamb with plant-based protein such as tofu or tempeh. You can also use vegetable broth instead of coconut milk. Add vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and courgettes to make the dish more flavourful and filling.

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