Leftover lamb curry with mushrooms

Meat from the weekend roast was brought back to life in this quick leftover lamb curry with mushrooms.

leftover lamb curry with mushrooms

One of my new year’s resolutions has been to buy a generously sized joint of meat for Sunday lunch and to use the left overs during the week. So far we’ve done chicken, lamb and pork and next week I will buy beef.

It was actually my first time roasting a full leg of lamb. The joint cost £17 in Waitrose and was enough for 5 meals for 3 people which I think was excellent value. I think my husband even had cold sliced lamb on his sandwiches for work one day although I don’t think this is the best way to enjoy left over lamb.

There was the original roast dinner, two curries, a stew with pearl barley (one portion of which was blended as soup for my lunch the day after) and even enough to pop into some Cornish pasties. I calculate this joint fed us at under £1 per portion and I have lots of other ideas for the next leg we buy. I’ve not even started on Middle Eastern lamb dishes with cous cous!


Since this dish uses leftovers I am sending it to Credit Crunch Munch the new thrifty food event organised by Helen and Camilla.

Leftover lamb curry with mushrooms


1 small onion, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced finely
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chopped ginger
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 can plum peeled tomatoes
6 decent size button mushrooms cut into chunky slices
100g cooked leftover lamb chopped into small cubes
6 blocks of frozen spinach (or 100g fresh)
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground coriander


1. Heat the oil in a medium size pan and fry the sliced onion, garlic and cumin seeds. After a couple of minutes add the ginger, chilli, cumin powder and tumeric.

2. When all the onion is coated with the spices add the can of peeled plum tomatoes – bash them with the wooden spoon to break up if they’re not ready chopped.

3. Add the mushrooms and leftover lamb and stir. Allow the curry to simmer for five minutes.

4. Meanwhile defrost the frozen spinach in the microwave. Or if using fresh, pop the leaves on top of the curry and put the lid on so the leaves can steam inside.

5. Stir the spinach into the curry. Add the garam masala and ground coriander before serving with rice or flat breads.

7 comments to Leftover lamb curry with mushrooms

  • I love a good lamb curry made from a leftover roast. As there is only 2 of us I usually buy the biggest joint of meat we can afford whenever I feel like making a roast dinner, which isn’t that often, just so that we have plenty of meat for leftovers. It works out a lot cheaper and there’s a lot you can do with the meat.

    • Sarah Triv

      Thanks Jen – this leg of lamb was a bargain. Sadly a pork joint from Sainsbury’s this week has been far less value for money. It cost £8 and we’ll struggle to get two meals out of it because it shrank so much.

  • This sounds just up my husbands street, I don’t normally like lamb curry from a takeaway but if it was my own roasted lamb I think I would like it:-)Thanks for entering Credit Crunch Munch with another fab recipe!

  • sue

    same here never made a lamb curry it beautiful i will come and look on this site again thank you for recipe

  • Dianna

    Lovely tasting and easy to make. Slight ‘typo’error as no mention of how much chillie in the recipe! I added 1green and 1 red chillie ( seeds removed), chopped in blender with fresh garlic. I also added 2 teaspoons of sugar to take the bitter edge off the tomatoes and added 2 fresh vine tomatoes about 10 mins before end o cooking- delicious !!

    • crayonsadmin

      Thanks for that Dianna – I deliberately didn’t say how much chilli as tastes will vary. Glad you enjoyed the curry!

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