Tropical Sweet Potato Rice and Lamb

Tropical Sweet Potato Rice and Lamb
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound bone-in lamb shoulder chops, bones discarded and meat chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/3 cups basmati rice
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 13 1/2 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups drained canned papaya
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


In a medium bowl, combine the curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the lamb and toss to coat. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, lamb and any remaining seasoning mixture to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat to medium-low and cook until the lamb is tender and the sauce is thickened, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the rice and cook until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add 2 cups water, bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.

In a large saucepan, combine the sweet potatoes with enough salted water to cover, then bring to a boil and cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes; drain.

Add the sweet potatoes, coconut milk and papaya to the lamb mixture and cook until heated through. Stir in the cilantro and serve over the rice.