Pressure Cooker Lamb & Apricot Curry

Pressure Cooker Lamb & Apricot Curry

4 January 2019

This pressure cooker lamb and apricot curry is the perfect recipe for a quick and delicious meal. With the use of a pressure cooker, this lightly spiced and fragrant curry can be cooked in half the time it would take using traditional cooking methods. The recipe features tender lamb, but can easily be made with chicken thighs as an alternative. The fruity blend of apricots and savory spices create a perfect balance of flavors. This curry is sure to become a new favorite in your recipe collection.
  • Main course
  • Pressure cooker
  • Recipe



Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

45 minutes


7 cloves

2 tsp cumin seeds

7 cardamom pods-seeds removed

2 tbsp sunflower oil

800g diced lamb shoulder or neck trimmed of fat

2 onions thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic finely chopped

2.5cm piece fresh ginger grated

2 bay leaves

375ml hot lamb stock

2 tbsp tomato paste

½ tsp dried chilli flakes or extra to taste

125g dried apricots

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basmati rice and poppadoms to serve


1Put the cloves, cumin and cardamom seeds in a dry frying pan and toast over a medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until the spices start to smell aromatic; toss the pan occasionally to prevent the spices burning. ,Grind the spices to a powder in a pestle and mortar or mini food processor. Leave to one side

2Heat half the oil over a medium heat in a pressure cooker

3Add half the lamb and cook for 6 minutes until browned all over. Remove the lamb with tongs and brown the second batch of lamb

4Remove the lamb from the pan, add the onions and cook for 6 minutes, stirring often, until softened

5Return the lamb to the pan with the garlic, ginger, ground spices and bay leaves and fry for another minute

6Add the stock, tomato paste, chilli flakes and apricots and stir until mixed together

7Put the lid on the pressure cooker, bring to 12lb pressure then turn the heat down slightly (although you should still hear the pressure cooker hiss) and cook for 25 minutes

8Release the pressure quickly and serve the curry with rice and poppadoms.