Indian Spiced Lamb Chili

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Author Notes: There is nothing better than a movie night, and a perfectly spiced bowl of chili on a winter night. This recipe is a fruitful result of all the hard work I have put into being lazy. The slow cooker Lamb chili recipe below has all the taste and flavor, without the effort. Total 15 minutes of prep time and the slow cooker does the rest. To wow your guests, add a twist to chili night by serving it with Naan Bread. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my friends and I have over time!Divya Kaur

Food52 Review: This is a fun diversion from standard chili. It's a spicy combination of meat and beans with a slight Indian flair. The ancho chili adds just the right smokiness to balance the other spices. We especially love how easy this dish is to put together, there's hardly any prep time and the slow cooker does all the rest. The results are far greater than the effort you put into it. The recipe doesn't call for garnish, but a squeeze of lime or a dab of yogurt would work nicely here. Served atop some rice, you've got a warming and satisfying meal. thehappycook

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Large Red Onions
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 cup Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound Minced Lamb
  • 1 cup Red Beans (uncooked)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth (or replace with 2 tsp Vegetable Bouillon+ 2 cups water)
  • 3 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 4 teaspoons Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho Chili Powder
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds once the oil is hot, fry untill the cumin seeds become a darker brown color.
  2. Add Onions and Garlic to the wok and saute until onions caramalize. Add the tomatoes and saute until tomatoes are completely cooked and all water evaporates.
  3. Add the Onion-Garlic-tomato mixture and rest of the ingredients in a slow cooker. Set on low and let cook for 8 hours.

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over 2 years ago nasreenSeattle

Great recipe. I tripled the recipe, used 2lb of lamb. Made this in a Dutch oven on the stovetop, added spices and lamb to onion-tomato mixture and fried it for 5 minutes before adding liquid and beans. Simmered this for 3 hours. I soaked the beans for 4 hours before cooking - they turned out just right.


over 2 years ago kaye.spaude

Thanks sc for the tip. I will start out using canned beans.


almost 3 years ago scrambled eggs

The flavors in this recipe are great but I did run into a big problem when the dried beans
were still hard after 8 hours. I think the problem is adding the beans and tomatoes at the
same time. The acid in the tomatoes causes a reaction with the bean skin and no matter how long they are cooked, it's basically a lost cause. Granted I don't know how old the beans were, even though they were purchased the same weekend I made the chili.
Nonetheless, research will back me up and say to add tomatoes after the beans have
softened. I ended up having to fish the beans out and add canned beans. A time
consuming task I could have done without.


over 3 years ago Souzakh

Divya I made your chili this weekend with a few adjustments. I doubled the recipe and used canned red beans only because my local grocer had run out of dried beans. Since I used canned beans I reduced the broth to 1/2 what was called for. I also reduced the Cayenne to 1/4 of what was called for and we were all sweating.

It was delicious! Even had naan bread to go with.


over 3 years ago Divya Kaur

That's amazing :) I am so glad you enjoyed it!!! Happy cooking!


over 3 years ago LE BEC FIN

divya, i usually do the same as you: roast seeds, grind them and sautee them in the dish. But your recipe calls for seeds and not grinding them. so this use of whole roasted seeds, NOT ground after roasting, is common in Indian cooking?thnx again.


over 3 years ago Divya Kaur

I am sorry I misunderstood the question before :) The answer to your question is yes, its pretty common. Most traditional Indian recipes will call for whole cumin seeds. The only time I can think of when my family recipes have called for ground cumin is when there isn't too much cooking involved for the dish- for example, Raita. Hope that answers your question.


over 3 years ago Divya Kaur

Hi, thank you for reaching out! to be honest cumin powder and seeds can be used interchangeably. The reason why I use whole seed is because freshly fried or roasted cumin is at the peak of it's flavor. I prefer to simply roast the cumin seeds and grind them myself just before cooking/ serving a dish. just replace cumin seeds in this recipe with cumin powder if you prefer, and it should work just fine. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and friends have over time!!! Happy cooking :)


over 3 years ago LE BEC FIN

divya, i'm looking forward to trying this! As a big fan of Indian food, i want to ask about the cumin seeds being whole- i don't think i've encountered whole cumin seeds before -in meat curries, that is; do you use them often that way? thanks much.