Low Carb Lamb Curry

lamb curry spices on the Diabetes DietWant to add another lamb curry to your low-carb repertoire? You’re in the right place. Lamb lends itself to all kinds of spices such as cinnamon, cumin and chillies, and it makes a rich, comforting dish perfect for ‘dreich’ days such as the one I’m writing this on—rain, gusty winds and dark before 4pm.

Serve it with cauliflower rice or just eat in a bowl with a spoon. I like spicy food, so I leave the seeds in chillies and add a generous amount of chilli flakes. If you prefer a softer flavour, remove the seeds and hold back on the chilli flakes.

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 onions, chopped finely
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2tsp grated ginger
  • 100ml Greek yoghurt
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1tsp chilli flakes

Dry fry the cumin seeds in a small sauce pan for a few minutes and then pound to a powder in a pestle and mortar.

Heat the oil in large saucepan or frying pan, and add the onions. Fry for a five minutes until softened, and add the lamb, chillies, chilli flakes, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Cook, stirring and breaking up the clumps with a wooden spoon for five minutes until the mince is browned. Add the yoghurt and tomato puree and bring to a simmer. Cook for ten minutes until the sauce has thickened. Add salt to taste.

15g carbs per portion

Spicy Tomato Sauce + Low Carb Options

diabetes diet recipesEveryone needs a spicy tomato sauce recipe in their lives and multiple options for its use.

Tomatoes are high in vitamins C, A and K, and they contain high levels of potassium and manganese. Tomatoes are also a good source of fibre. Cooking will reduce the levels of vitamins in tomatoes, but tomatoes contain the phytochemical lycopene which is boosted if tomatoes are cooked. High levels of lycopene are said to lower the risk of heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.

Here’s our Diabetes Diet recipe. Make it in large quantities and freeze it in portions for easy suppers.

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp rapeseed oil (I use the cold-pressed stuff)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli, sliced (keep seeds in for extra heat, leave out for less)
  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  1. Add the oil to a large saucepan and then add the other ingredients. Bring to the boil, stirring from time to time.
  2. Turn the heat down and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. You should end up with a thick, concentrated sauce.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Total carbs – 25g, minus 7g fibre, for 18g net carbs.

Now, the exciting bit: what to do with it…

  • Make braised celeriac chips and create low-carb version of Patatas Bravas
  • Serve with roasted chicken or a steak
  • Mix with minced beef for a chilli
  • Melt in a little coconut cream and some curry powder to make a curry sauce
  • Dilute with fish stock, and add in white fish and prawns to make a fish soup
  • Dice up roast chicken and add to the sauce, finishing off with a tablespoon of double cream.