Lamb curry pie

I’ve never had much success with making savoury pies.   I came across a Donna Hay recipe for lamb and pea pies recently. I figured if her pavlova recipe worked for me, then the pie recipe is definitely worth a try.  I modified the recipe to make a curried filling instead.  This recipe yields 6 pies.


  • 250g lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 baby potatoes, diced (I used Jersey Royals)
  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 oxo vegetable cube
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1kg block of shop-bought short crust pastry
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the shallots, garlic and ginger for 30 seconds
  2. Add the lamb mince, break up the meat and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add all the vegetables (except for the frozen peas), followed by the curry powder and paprika.  Mix well
  4. Crumble in the stock cube, loosen up the lamb mix with water, coconut milk and ketchup
  5. Leave to cook for 10 minutes until the carrots and potatoes are cooked
  6. Add in the frozen peas and leave to cook for a further minute
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for 20 minutes
  8. Pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees celsius
  9. Roll out the pastry block on a floured surface
  10. Use a pastry cutter and cut 6 x 2″ diameter circles
  11. Roll them out until they are about 2mm thick
  12. Lightly grease a 12 x 1/2 cup capacity muffin tin (so you can space the pies out)
  13. Place the pastry circles into the muffin cases, and gentle press them into place
  14. Fill with 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp lamb mince
  15. Cut 6 x 1 1/2″ diameter pastry circles, roll into 2mm thick to form the lid for each pie
  16. Place each circle on top of pies, crimp the edges using a form
  17. Brush milk (or eggwash) over each pastry top
  18. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  19. Serve as a main course with steamed vegetables, or as a snack

The pies were absolutely delicious. 

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