Lamb Curry for Outdoors

This recipe is sure to get the whole camp site coming over to your tent. Perfect for those cold nights when you need something to warm you from the inside.
(serves 4 - 6)

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Basmati / large parboiled long grained rice
1 kg. Mutton ( cut and diced into little square blocks)
2 x Onions - sliced
3 medium to large potatoes (peeled & cut into medium sized square blocks)
1 x large tomato (cut & diced)
5 to 7 tbsp. medium / hot curry powder
Butter - between 3 & 5 tbsp.
Fresh ginger cut into a few pieces
4 cloves of garlic (sliced )
A tablespoon of coriander seeds (some crushed & some whole)
Half a tablespoon of coriander powder
A tablespoon of turmeric or more to taste
Teaspoon of black peppercorns (crushed)
Fresh bay leaves
A teaspoon of cumin seeds (to taste)
A pinch of nutmeg (to taste)
Salt to taste
About 250 ml of coconut milk or cream


Take the butter and put into saucepan.
Add the sliced onions
Place the pot high enough on medium hot coals
While the onions are busy browning, mix half of the curry powder and some salt well and rub it into the mutton
When the onions start to brown add the mutton
Cook over slow fire for about 30 minutes (or should you be indoors, in a pot on an ovenplate at medium-low heat) adding a about 750 ml water (watch that it doesn’t cook dry otherwise add more water later)
Mix all the rest of the ingredients (cumin seeds, nutmeg, peppercorns, coriander, turmeric, bay leaves, curry leaves, garlic, ginger and the remainder of the curry powder) and add it to the meat and onions
Add the tomato
Add the diced potatoes and mix the pot (one or two stirs) with a large spoon
Let it all simmer for about one hour on slow heat (just check that it doesn’t boil dry or burn - if need be add more water)
When the gravy attains proper consistency add the small cup (about 250 ml) of coconut milk or cream / yoghurt / buttermilk and mix well
Simmer for another few minutes and the food is ready to eat.

Serve with basmati rice or extra-large parboiled long grained rice. On the side a tomato and onion salad, a bowl of chutney, some grated coconut and sliced banana can be served.

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