Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Malaysian Lamb Stew

Its, mostly Malaysian in my house (Potato Leaves Belacan, Chay Kway Teow, Kailan Oyster Sauce, Bean Sprouts Salted Fish, Gado Gado, Sambal Sotong & Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry) Malaysian food mostly, even when its other dishes from around the globe, I must tweet and localize as per our Malaysian love. Today, its Malaysian Lamb Stew. Somewhat similar to the millions of lamb stews from every and each part of the world, Malaysian Lamb Stew (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry) on the other hand is the produce of our local ingredients, except maybe Worcestershire Sauce? Additionally, due to our rough and tough local lamb cuts, I suggest you get the cooking help from your pressure cooker. Otherwise, nothing should go wrong for this rich and filling stew which you can make ahead, store in the fridge and warm up as and when needed, perhaps also you shouldn't discount dunking toast inside for further food pleasure wholesomeness (Lamb Fried Rice & Braised Chicken Feet). 

500g Lamb  - cut into bite sizes
3 (about 400g) potatoes - remove skin and cut into chunks
1 (about 120g) onion - chopped
1 inch ginger - chopped
6 garlic - chopped
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Spices - 2 sticks of cinnamon, 2 cloves and 1 star anise
3 stalks of fresh Thai basil - pull the leaves out (or any other herbs)
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cornflour
Crushed black peppercorns and salt for taste.

Mix lamb with cornflour and keep aside.
Heat the pressure cooker, pour in oil and sauté onion, ginger and garlic. 
Add lamb and spices.
Stir and cook to brown the meat. 
Pour 1/2 liter of water, lock the pressure cooker cover and cook for 6 to 7 whistles or for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Cool down and open the cover (careful - please totally cool down before opening the cover)
Now, add potatoes and the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer over very-very low heat to cook potatoes.
Off the heat, close with the cover and let it sit for 3 to 4 hours.
Thereafter, you can tuck in with toast, or cool down and store in the fridge. 
Optional - garnish with a few fresh basil leaves before serving. 


  1. Wow,,,sound really,,,really good with side of hot rice I bet is really tasty with these spices ingredients,I like your method,mix lamb with corn flour.

  2. yummy stew.

    A safe and happy journey to you. Don't forget to go Umbai to have the Ikan Bakar ya :)

  3. Lamb Stew. I love Lamb!


  4. I love lamb and potato stew, but with cinnamon? Sounds like I need to get cooking! Really, this sounds like the perfect comfort dish.

  5. Oh my gosh. Can I come over for dinner? This looks amazing. Seriously so. I love the big chunks of lamb in there. I agree about the slow cooking as well and letting it sit overnight. I may just have to make this. It looks too delicious to pass up.

  6. yum yum, lovely presentation. I can have extra rice to goes with it.

  7. Hello Nava, love your this lamb stew, and your very well taken pic brings out your dish into temptation.
    Love your presentation, and display, very creative.
    Must have required dexterity, finesse, coordination on your part. As well using that special ingredient called 'love'.
    Can see you have a black belt in cooking.

    And there is nothing more spectacular or appealing on this planet than that of a beautiful mother or wife in the act of cooking for her loved ones.
    Have fun, and keep a song in your heart.

  8. Oh that looks so yummy! Lamb stew is one of my favorite recipes :)

  9. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments all you great people.

  10. Nava....this looks yummy. I love that the potatoes took on that golden color from your beautiful rich broth! What a lovely photo you took as well! : )

  11. Bookmarking the recipe...Will try it with mutton...

  12. Oh yum, nothing is more comforting that a lovely lamb stew like this one!

  13. Oh, yum--are those regular potatoes? They have such a beautiful golden color.

  14. Beautiful lamb stew!!! I must try this on a cold day~

  15. Tempting lamb stew. I have never cooked lamb but goat meat,yes. Last friday I had lamb shanks at one of our friends' and I liked it so much. Now your lamb stew with cimmamon,cloves and star anise really motivating me to cook lamb some day.

  16. My mum used to cook this. I think she stopped 'cause it's too troublesome just for me and dad haha. It's delicious.

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  17. Thanks once again everyone, appreciate all the yummy comments.

  18. Nava! This looks delicious! I'm not a lamb person, but this may just change my mind! Judging from the amazing comments...you really hit it out of the ball park with this one! Very, VERY nicely done!

  19. Love that lamb stew, and BTW I am loving you new photographs

  20. Looks very good, I love lamb stews!
    I might try this veriation sometime!

  21. very sexy presentation of the lamb..


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