BIR curry is all about cooking your curry quickly. This can be a little tricky with lamb, as if you cook it too quickly, it will turn tough. However, there is a solution! By pre-cooking your lamb, you'll save time and make sure it is really juicy and tender. Today, I will teach you how to make pre-cooked lamb for curry and give you some tips and tricks to get you a perfect result.
Can You Precook Lamb for Curry?
Yes, you can pre-cook lamb for a curry. In fact, it should actually become your preferred technique. It's super simple to do, and if you cook in bulk and then store it correctly, you'll be able to make a tasty lamb curry in minutes!
Why is it such a good idea? Well, here are a few reasons…
Why Use Pre-Cooked Lamb in Curry?
Precooking lamb for curry has loads of benefits. Here are a few reasons why you will definitely want to do it.
It Saves Time
By pre-cooking lamb for your curry dishes, you will find that it saves you loads of time. Sure, it requires a little foresight, but once you've done the initial prep and cooking, adding it to your curry is super easy and makes the cooking process much shorter.
It Tastes Better
By pre-cooking your lamb, you are essentially giving it a hot marinade. You can use it immediately after pre-cooking it, but most people will chill or even freeze portions for later use. And as we all know, curry tastes even better when left overnight.
Your Lamb Will be Much more Tender
This is one of the main reasons I would suggest pre-cooking lamb for curry. Unlike chicken, which cooks through relatively quickly, lamb is full of elastin and collagen. These connective tissues, when cooked right, make meat juicy but tend to be tough to start off with.
By pre-cooking your lamb over moderate heat for a longer time, you'll find that the fat and connective tissues break down. This, combined with the lamb soaking up a tasty Indian stock, means that your lamb will be super juicy and fall-apart-on-the-fork-tender.
You'll Save Money
I know what you are thinking.
How on earth can pre-cooking lamb for curry save me money?
Well, my Balti loving buddies, here's why…
Because you are pre-cooking your lamb, you'll be able to use cheaper cuts of meat. There's no need to be blowing your curry budget on expensive parts of lamb. In fact, the cheaper stuff tends to taste nicer in curry as it has a slightly higher fat content!
Pre-Cooking Lamb is Properly Authentic
I 100% guarantee that the lamb you have in your curry from the takeaway was pre-cooked. How do you think they get it so tender when your curry only takes around 15 minutes to arrive from when you first order.
Indian takeaways use pre-cooked meats in all of their curry dishes. This includes beef and pre-cooked chicken too!
If you've read my complete guide to BIR cooking, you'll have already seen that I recommend using this technique.
Which Curries Can I Use Pre-Cooked Lamb in?
All of them!
The beauty of BIR curry is that you can simply 'plug in' different ingredients to get a tasty curry in minutes. Which curries you choose to use your pre-cooked lamb in is entirely up to you!
However, if you want a few suggestions, here are types of curry dishes that will work really well with the pre-cooked lamb: -
Pre-cooked Lamb for Curry | Frequently Asked Questions
While pre-cooking lamb for curry is super simple, you might have one or two questions. Here are the things I get most commonly asked…
Which Lamb is Best for Curry?
You can use any lamb for curry, but generally speaking, the fattier cuts are best. They will need to be pre-cooked, so they turn tender. Generally speaking, lamb shoulder and lamb neck fillets are relatively cheap and really tasty! Pre-cubed 'casserole' lamb is also a great option.
Should You Brown Lamb for Curry?
You will want to brown your lamb when pre-cooking it for a curry. It might take a little longer, but you'll get a little caramelization from the Maillard reaction, increasing that 'meaty' taste. What's more, browned lamb looks a little more visually appealing and will cook through a little faster.
How Do You Make Lamb Tender in Curry?
Pre-cooking your lamb is the most effective way to ensure it is tender in curry. The key is to cook it over medium heat until such a time as the collagen and connective tissues break down. This can take over an hour, but the end results are well worth it.
My Lamb is Tough, What Should I Do?
If your lamb is tough, it is an easy fix. It simply means that it hasn't cooked for long enough. You can also consider turning up the heat slightly to ensure that those fatty tissues dissolve and turn soft. Add a little more water or stock, turn up the heat, and be patient.
Pre-cooked Lamb for Curry | Final Thoughts
There are plenty of reasons to give pre-cooked lamb for curry a go. It is simple to make, will save you money and will take your curry dishes to the next level! It also happens to be how they make lamb curries in Indian restaurants, so you'll be utilizing an authentic BIR technique. Looking for other ways to make your curry taste great, why not check this article out?