Indian Shepherd's Pie

17 Ratings
  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 65 min
  • serves 10-12
Indian Shepherd's Pie

Take this traditional British dish and transform it, Indian-style! Featuring beef, mashed potatoes, and lots of Indian spices.

Beef, Dinner, Indian, Main, Moderate


4 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1/2 to 1 cup hot water

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon ajwain

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons yogurt

1 pinch salt

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon ginger, minced

3 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon ajwain seeds

1 tablespoon garam masala

1 tablespoon Italian mixed herbs (dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme)

1 pinch salt

1 pound ground beef

1 cup crushed tomatoes

½ cup water

2 cups cooked brown lentils

1 cup grated mozzarella

2 tablespoons smoked paprika


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Place a large pot over medium-low heat. Add leftover potatoes and water and stir with a wooden spoon until the potatoes begin to soften and get hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the butter, ajwain, milk, yogurt and salt and stir well until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

3. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. When it is hot, add onion, garlic and ginger and cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add celery and stir and then add the spices and cook for about 30 seconds. Stir in the ground beef, stir and let it cook through, about 5 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and water and then stir in the cooked lentils and let simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into a 9” by 13” baking dish and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 minutes, until it is bubbling and hot.

See more: Beef, Dinner, Indian, Main, Moderate

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