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Lamb Saag

Method

  • Heat a thin layer of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and seal the lamb in 2-3 lots. Set aside and wipe out the pot.
  • Process the ginger with the garlic, chillies and onion until a paste is formed.
  • Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan until they start to pop. Then grind with a mortar and pestle (or in a food processor).
  • Heat a little oil in the pot and fry the ground spices with the turmeric and cardamom, continually stirring to toast the spices. Then add the onion paste and gently cook for a few minutes, continually stirring.
  • Return the lamb to the pot and toss to coat well.
  • Add the stock with the tomatoes, salt and chilli paste. Mix well and bring to the boil. Then, turn down the heat, cover and gently simmer for about 1½ hours until the meat is tender.
  • Throw in the spinach, stir and cook to wilt. Taste for seasoning.
  • To serve, mound the rice in individual bowls and top with the lamb, plenty of sauce and a good dollop of yoghurt.

Ingredients

  • vegetable oil
  • 1 kg lamb shoulder, cut into largish chunks with some bone
  • a large piece of fresh ginger, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 3 long green chillies, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 heaped tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 heaped tspn coriander seeds
  • 1 heaped tspn turmeric
  • 3 cardamom pods, smashed a little
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 5 medium, ripe red tomatoes, cored & quartered
  • a good pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp chilli paste
  • 2 good handfuls baby spinach, washed well & stalks removed
  • plain yoghurt

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