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Healthier Lamb Balti

Preparation: 15 mins

Cooking: 30 mins

Serves 4, costs under £8.00


  • 1 Pack (400g) Diced Lamb
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Lime Juice or Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (10g) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 (45g) Green Chilli
  • 1 Medium (150g) Onion
  • 2 (6g) Garlic Cloves or 1 Teaspoon (5g) Garlic Puree
  • 1 Piece (20g) Fresh Ginger
  • ½ Teaspoon (2g) Ground Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon (1g) Dried Coriander Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon (3g) Garam Masala
  • 1 Can (200g) Chopped or Plum Tomatoes or Passata
  • 1 (160g) Red Pepper
  • 1 Medium (85g) Tomato
  • 0.3 Pack (85g) Baby Spinach
  • (10g) Fresh Coriander
  • 1 Mug (300g) Easy Cook Rice

Allergy Disclaimer

Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.

Cost Disclaimer

Please note the cost per serving may now be slightly higher due to rising prices in supermarkets.


  1. Trim any visible fat from the lamb and place in a medium bowl. Mix in the lime juice, paprika and chilli powder. Leave to marinade for a minimum of 15 minutes (if marinading for hours or overnight be sure to place this in the fridge).
  2. Peel the onion and garlic and chop finely. Peel the ginger and grate. Wash, slice and de-seed the green chilli then chop finely (to de-seed chilli, wash the chilli and cut it in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and white bit surrounding them). Wash your hands immediately afterwards.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and then add the onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli and fry on a high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the lamb and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the turmeric, cumin, dried coriander and garam masala to the pan, reduce the heat to medium and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Wash and de-seed the red pepper and chop it into chunks. Wash and chop the tomato.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes or passata to the pan along with the red pepper. If using plum tomatoes, chop them up using a spoon when in the pan. Once it starts to bubble, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lamb is tender.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the rice as per manufacturer's instructions.
  8. Stir the tomato into the curry and simmer for a further 2 -3 minutes, then add the spinach and stir gently until it begins to wilt. 
  9. Serve balti with rice and add chopped coriander to the top if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 426g serving

Energy Kcals
Energy Kj
6.9 g
29.3 g
Total Fat
2.9 g
12.5 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
4.2 g
18.8 g
80 g
Total Sugars
1.5 g
6.5 g
NSP Fibre
0.9 g
4 g
30 mg
128 mg
0.1 g
0.3 g

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