Curry-Spiced Shepherd’s Pie

Nuvita Biscuits

This curry-spice shepherd’s pie is a perfect example of how Britain has absorbed different foods and cultures into its own cuisine.


  • 100ml olive oil
  • 650g lamb or beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2cm piece ginger, grated
  • 2 tbs korma curry paste
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (80g) tomato kasundi (see note), plus extra to serve
  • 1 cup (120g) frozen peas
  • 1kg potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 long green chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 10-12 fresh curry leaves (optional)


  1. Heat 2 tbs oil in a frypan over high heat. Cook lamb, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon, for 6-8 minutes until browned. Remove lamb from the pan and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Place onion in the frypan and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until softened. Add garlic, ginger and curry paste, then cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Return lamb to the pan with tomato and kasundi, then bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thick. Stir in peas. Transfer mixture to a 2L baking dish, level the surface and allow to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 200┬░C. Place potato in a saucepan of cold, salted water, bring to the boil and cook over medium-high heat for 12-14 minutes until tender. Drain, then mash until smooth. Add the coriander, turmeric, chilli, lemon juice and butter, then season and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Spread over lamb mixture, then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  4. Heat remaining 1/4 cup (60ml) oil in a frypan over high heat. Fry curry leaves for 20 seconds or until crisp. Drain.
  5. Serve pie with curry leaves and kasundi.

Note: Tomato kasundi is a spicy Indian tomato relish


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jason M on Feb 10, 2013

    I’m starting to cook more Indian foods and need to know where to find things like fenugreek, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, tamarind paste, etc. The Falls Church/Arlington/Vienna/McLean area is most convenient for me. Any suggestions?

  2. posted by Paul M on Feb 12, 2013

    curry leaf plant means karvepakku in indian teleugue langaguie

  3. posted by tefa_96 on Mar 17, 2013

    ppl say when ladies go near certain plants like rose,curry leaves with periods, they tend to wither and dry soon..y?

  4. posted by supernerd567 on Mar 18, 2013

    i just wanted to know dat is it good to mix coconut oil wid gooseberry juice,curry leaves and almond oil and massage it on the scalp before shampoo?does it reduces hair fall and promotes hair growth?

  5. posted by sakyue1993 on Mar 23, 2013

    I am looking to grow curry LEAF plants (Murraya koenigii). Either a small plant, or seeds will work. Is there any nursery in the Seattle area that sells these? I did a lot of looking online, but could only find California and east coast sources. I am looking for local sources.

    Thank you.

  6. posted by Jose B on Mar 25, 2013

    Like for instance I have heard that curry leaves, fenugreek seeds etc. are good for hair. Just wanted to know if there are other such home remedies for good, luxurious hair. Kindly let me know. Thanks in advance.

  7. posted by rosemary mwende katee on Apr 5, 2013

    What are curry leaves, please advise am in nairobi . Can i get at the nakumatts etc?

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