Australia Thus Far and a Recipe For Lamb Curry with Sweet Coconut Rice

Lamb and Chicken Curry

I’ve been in Australia for about a week and a half now. So far, our trip has been amazing, aside from the mostly rainy weather. The rain has cut in significantly to our beach time, which is a bit sad, but, that being said, rain and grey sky lend themselves well to the enjoyment of stews and curries.

So, even though I am escaping – geographically – the last few weeks of Canadian winter, I still find myself whipping up something I would happily it on a snowy winter’s evening. My travel companion, Chez, and I cooked this dinner for some of her family friends while we were spending the past weekend on the Sunshine Coast.

We were tight on spices in the vacation rental apartment, hence the odd addition of ketchup to the curry, but, trust me, it was awesome! Here’s the recipe…

What you’ll need…


1 TBSP grapeseed oil

1 lb lamb neck chops

3 cups vegetable stock

2 cups coconut milk

1 cup water

3 TBSP massaman curry paste (can be found in the ethnic aisle of most grocery stores, or you can make your own with this recipe)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 yellow onion (chopped)

2 red potatoes (peeled, 1″ cubed)

2 ripe tomatoes (2 cups approx.)

1/4 cup ketchup

1 TBSP cane sugar

1 1/2 cups frozen peas

salt and pepper

Coconut Rice:

2 cups long grain rice

2 cups coconut milk

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

1 cup water

2 TSP cane sugar

1 TSP black ground pepper


First, toss the lamb meat in flour until lightly coated. Heat the grapeseed oil in a large pot on high heat. Once the oil is nice and hot, work in batches and brown the lamb neck chops on both sides, approximately 1 minute per side. Remove browned meat from pot, and deglaze with vegetable stock, scrapping the bottom of the pot with a spoon to remove any caramelized bits.

Return the neck chops to the pot along with all remaining ingredients except the peas. Once the pot comes to a boil, cover, reduce to low heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. After 2 hours, remove as all bones, season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in the frozen peas. Let curry continue to simmer, but now uncovered, for another 20 minutes.

For the rice, combine all ingredient in a medium pot on high heat, once mixture begins to bubble, reduce to medium heat, cover and let simmer until rice is cooked through, about 12-14 minutes. Keep warm on stove until you’re ready to eat!

To serve, make a bed of coconut rice on each plate and generously top with lamb curry. Serve with a lightly toasted bread like ciabatta to soak up any extra sauce on the plate!

Serves 4

Total cook time…2 hours, 30 min

I’ll do a little travel recap later, but, just in case you’re interested, here’s a few photos from what my friend and I have gotten up to down under over the past little while…

Crocodile Crudo

Enjoyed some Crocodile Crudo at Tukka in Brisbane, at the beginning of our Valentine’s Day dinner last week. Feel free to take a glance at their menu. They offer up some pretty interesting Australian game meats!

Alex Surf Club

Discovered a newfound love for Billabong and realised my need to get in shape after drinking pints schooners of beer alongside in-shape surfer dudes much my junior at The Alex Surf Club.

Dinner at Ouzeri

Had a great dinner in Brisbane’s West End at the popular Greek restaurant, Ouzeri, with Chez, her grandmother Ruth, Agnes and Gary, who were our amazing hosts while we were on the Australian east coast!

Jelly Wrestling in Byron Bay

Randomly witnessed a jelly wrestling competition at a pub on the main level of Aquarius, a hostel in Byron Bay. The winner ended up being a Canadian traveler. So, um, go Canada!?

Oyster Shucking

Bought some freshly harvested (is that the correct term?) oysters just outside of Newcastle, New South Wales and shucked them for my friends and I oceanside. A good oyster is next to godliness!

1 Comment to “Australia Thus Far and a Recipe For Lamb Curry with Sweet Coconut Rice”

  • Misty February 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Super jealous of your visit to Australia! One of my childhood best friends has been living there for years and I still haven’t made it there for a visit. I just watch Boys Weekend and dream about it instead. Enjoy!

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