Indian Shepherd's Pie

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

A fabulously fresh and zesty Indian version of a rather dull UK staple. Indian food is very popular in the UK, and this is a lovely cross-over dish that combines elements from two different cooking traditions which have a long association through the British Raj. I first read a recipe for something similar a couple of years ago in the UK newspaper, the Independent, written by journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. I no longer have the newspaper cutting, so my rendition may not be exact, but this is the version I now make and love.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and boil the potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, dry-fry the lamb mince, ginger and garlic to brown the lamb.
  3. Add the garam masala, cook for a couple more minutes, then set aside.
  4. When ready to assemble, mix the chopped spring onions, chillies, coriander, mint and the juice of the lime to the lamb, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Transfer to a deep pie dish or casserole dish and spread the chopped tomatoes on top.
  6. When the potatoes are cooked, mash them with half the butter, the double cream and the milk, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Spread the potato mixture over the lamb and tomatoes, then mark the top with a fork (wavy lines look nice).
  8. Melt the remaining butter, brush over the top, then sprinkle with paprika.
  9. Bake at 180ºC (360ºF) until golden brown on top.
  10. Note - You can prepare this in advance (up to sprinkling paprika on the potato topping), baking it when needed. It also freezes quite well.


Most Helpful

This was a refreshing change from the old Shepard's Pie we all know! We had guest and everybody really enjoyed this recipe. I will make this again, but next time add more spices. I felt that it needed a little more chilies or garlic. but that was probably just my taste. All in all a wonderful recipe! Thank you for submitting it!

Recipe Baroness April 30, 2007

I liked the meat mixture before potatoes, but the layer of mashed potatoes really cancelled out the savory curry flavor in the meat. Even when I put salt and pepper. I dressed it with diced tomatoes and slice hard boiled eggs and cheese with curry seasoning and paprika sprinkled on top. This is a good recipe to experiment with.

tjkurono January 28, 2007

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