Lamb balti with spinach and chickpeas

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Lamb balti
Lamb balti
  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time:

    plus marinating
  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe Lamb balti is one of everyone's favourite curry recipes. We've given it a healthy twist with protein packed chickpeas and healthy green spinach, for a tasty, easy curry that comes in at just 432 calories per serving. There's already a moderate heat in this recipe, but if you like it really spicy, you can add a little more curry paste to taste.


  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 150g tub Greek-style yogurt
  • 400g lamb leg steaks or lamb neck fillets, trimmed and cut into small chunks
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 3tbsp Balti spice paste
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 300ml hot lamb or vegetable stock
  • 200-250g robust fresh spinach
  • Naan breads, to serve

To make raita: Deseed and finely chop 1⁄2 a cucumber and mix with 150g tub of Greek-style yogurt with the zest and a good squeeze of lemon juice and seasoning. Garnish with 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced, and coriander if you like.


  1. Mix the lime zest and juice with the yogurt in a large bowl. Add the meat, mix well and leave to marinate for 30 mins or longer. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for a few mins. Add the sweet potato cubes and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally until golden.
  2. Add the Balti paste, stir-fry for a couple of mins, then add the chickpeas and stock. Stir in the lamb in its marinade. Cook on a low heat for 25-30 mins, until meat and potato are tender. Add the spinach and let it wilt down. Serve with raita and naans.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 432(kcal)
  • Fat 20.0g
  • Saturates 7.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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