Hasta la vista, Baby
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)


Hasta la vista; is a Spanish parting phrase meaning “see you” or “so long”. It literally means “until the seeing”, but is used in the sense “until next time”. My dish here reflects the same sorta feeling. It’s the time of the month again for The Monthly Mingle at Meeta’s @ What’s For Lunch Honey! This time’s special…it’s the BOLLYWOOD bling!! Time to show-off colour, polish the family silver, splurge on all things oily & rich…generally ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET!! Also time to fall off my ‘healthy perch’…blame it on Bollywood or blame it on Meeta…I did just that!!
“What we are looking for is a glamorous and elegant dish fit for the red carpet. We love the everyday comfort cooking no doubt about that, but here we want you to dress your dish up in glitter and gloss. Show us your favorite Indian dish fit for a Bollywood (or even a Hollywood) star and share your experience with Indian food with says Meeta.
Made a deliciously rich version of lamb curry on the bone, Nalli Gosht, even simmered it for longer than I did earlier, served it in silver, & sat back & relished the scenes as everyone enjoyed it. This time around, it’s a rich, finger-licking good curry…a pot-boiler for Bollywood with something for everyone! This finger-licking good lamb-curry has been simmered lovingly just for the mingle this month!!
Meeta’s been joined this month by the lovely Bulbul Mankani, author of Bollywood Cookbook . About the book….The chutzpah of Bollywood is a reflection of how we feel about food. There is a constant celebration, the mingling of colors and flavors, the near excess of emotive breathlessness. There is no better way to sample the high life of India than to see what the Bollywood royals eat and enjoy. Bulbul Mankani celebrates the sensuality and vibrancy of Bollywood by marrying it with the food of the stars.”
My attempt to mingle colours with flavour…

The recipe then, which is an adaptation to my earlier adapted version of Sanjeev Kapur’s recipe.

Lamb leg pieces (nalli) – 750 gms (nalli means marrow bones)
Onion – 3 large / sliced fine
Garlic – 10 cloves / grated fine
Ginger – 1½ inch piece / grated fine
Oil – 2/3 cup
Bay leaves – 2
Green cardamom – 2
Black cardamom – 1
Cloves – 5-6
Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
Pepper corns – 5-6
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste)
Paprika (degi mirch) – 1 tbsp (for colour basically)
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Tomato puree – 2/3 cup
Yogurt – 1 cup / thick
Green chillies
Fresh coriander
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste


  • Clean and wash lamb leg pieces (on the bone).
  • Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Add green cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, bay leaves and sliced onions.
  • Sauté until onions are light pink in colour.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, coriander powder and cook for one minute.
  • Add lamb pieces. Roast well.
  • Add 1 cups of water + salt to taste and bring to a boil. Cook under pressure for 20 minutes, until lamb pieces are almost cooked.
  • Whisk the tomato puree & yogurt in a bowl, & add to the cooked lamb. Simmer for 30-45 minutes till the gravy is thick & red. Add a couple of slit green chillies for flavour. (Deseed them to reduce the chili factor)
  • Sprinkle garam masala, garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with butter naan! ENJOY!!
    Note: While selecting cuts for this dish, make sure that you select lamb pieces with lots of bone marrow.

Hugs to you Meeta…for keeping the carpet out for late-comers like me. Cheers!!


  • Ann
    8 years ago

    Mmmm…! Looks so good!
    Ann at Redacted Recipes

  • Kalai
    8 years ago

    Am still wiping drool off my face, Deeba. That is one amazing lamb curry!! You can just feel the love oozing from it. 🙂

  • Laurie
    8 years ago

    That looks so flavorful and gorgeous in your beautiful serving bowl!

  • Rachel
    8 years ago

    Apt title!

  • Meeta K
    8 years ago

    the party would not have been complete without you!! glad i waited for this one! looks great!

  • meeso
    8 years ago

    Goodness, Another lamb dish I am going to have to try! I am drooling looking at all those pictures!

  • Dwiana P
    8 years ago

    I love curry, but I don’t think I ever tried lamb curry. it looks so delish! I like the way you set the food on the table. Also your metal bowl and spoon are so unique.

  • Maria
    8 years ago

    Thank you for this. I saw this and immediately ran to the market, invited a couple friends, and made this the same day.

    My only negative is that is wasn’t as spicy as I would have liked but that is easily remedied as you cook, so I upped the spices. It was truly delicious.

  • Maya
    8 years ago

    Wow, that gravy looks too delicious Deeba!! And the silverware you served it in is too cool..Great entry!!

  • delhibelle
    8 years ago

    Both your curry and silverware look straight out of dum pukht..Gorgeous !

  • Mona
    8 years ago

    Wow, Thats a festive presentation, realy bollywood eshtyle! 🙂
    It looks delicious, Will give it a sometime. Thnx for sharing.

  • Proud Italian Cook
    8 years ago

    That serving bowl is just gorgeous!!and so are your photo’s.

  • Purnima
    8 years ago

    The pic oozes lip smacking goodness! Loved the texture of ur curry, riiiiiiichhhhhhhhhhhhhh, loved the silverware n the angles of pic, collage n beauuuuuuutiiiiiiiful writeup, Deeba as alws..Meeta rightly says..PARTY’S INCOMPLETE WTOUT U!
    Ummm wheres ur signature dish…dessert? 😀

  • ovenhaven
    8 years ago

    This looks really good, Deeba! I don’t eat lamb, but am a huge fan of chicken curry. Wish I had me one of those for lunch today!

  • arundati
    8 years ago

    woo hooo….ceeti maaro front bencher style….lovely pics…loved the flowers…dont know the realname but we call it rangoon creeper flowers…we had one growing at the gate of my childhood home….and in the summer it used to be drooping with the weight of the white, then pick and then dark pink flowers!! lovely….

  • Asha
    8 years ago

    Beautiful bowl and beautiful dish, Deeba. I ran out of time for this event!

  • Rosie
    8 years ago

    WOW oh WOW this is serious drooling here with your stunning curry!! I just love your dish too 🙂

    Rosie x

  • Cham
    8 years ago

    I just want to grab the spoon and digg in right away! Lovevy dish Deeba!

  • Mansi Desai
    8 years ago

    Loved the old-fashioned silverware Deeba! brings out the essence of the dish so well:) wish I were a non-vegetarian!:D

  • familiabencomo
    8 years ago

    I knew you had a Bollywood connection!!!! Darnit. It’s times like this, while reading your delicious recipe, that I wish I had a more exotic background. The colors & flavors of India sing to my soul.

    Beautiful meal, Deeba. I will try to re-create the Bollywood Red Carpet experience here…. I wish I had your amazing silver to compliment it.

    Tanti baci, Amy

    p.s. forgot to tell you that I tagged you with 2 awards…

  • Mike of Mike's Table
    8 years ago

    This looks fantastic. I had a chicken curry in mind for the weekend, but that might have to wait–this has my mouth-watering!

  • Arfi Binsted
    8 years ago

    app kai sha hae, Deeba? your lamb curry looks delicious and I really, really treasure your bowl sets. I make a promise, if I go to India, I will search for a spoon and bowl like that. I do looooooveeee them!

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