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Korma (Lamb with Cashew-Nut Curry)

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Category: Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 c Unsalted cashews
  • 3 Dried hot red chilies
  • 2 In piece of stick cinnamon
  • 1 1 in cube fresh ginger
  • 1/4 ts Cardamom seeds
  • 3 Whole cloves
  • 2 Large garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 tb Poppy seed (white)
  • 1 tb Coriander seeds
  • 1 ts Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 ts Saffron threads
  • 6 tb Ghee (or melted butter)
  • 1 c Chopped onion
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 1/2 c Unflavored yoghurt
  • 1 1/2 lb Lamb cut into 2" cubes
  • 2 tb Finely chopped coriander
  • 1 tb Lemon juice
  • 1/4 c Boiling water
  • 1 c Cold water


To make the masala, combine the cashews, chilies, ginger and the cold
water and blend at high speed for 1 minutes. Add the cinnamon,
cardamom, cloves, garlic, poppy seeds, coriander seeds and cumin. Blend
again until the mixture is completely pulverized. Set the masala aside.
Place the saffron in a small bowl, pour in boiling water and let soak for
at least 10 minutes. In a heavy skillet heat the ghee over moderate heat
until a drop of water flicked into it sputters instantly. Add the onions
and, stirring constantly, fry for 7 or 8 minutes, until soft and golden
brown. Stir in the salt and the masala, then add the yoghurt.
Stirring occasionally, cook over moderate heat until the ghee lightly
films the surface. Add the lamb, turning it about with a spoon to coat the
pieces evenly. Squeeze the saffron between your fingers, thin stir it and
its soaking liquid into the skillet. Reduce the heat to low, cover
tightly, and cook for 20 minutes, turning the lamb cubes over from time to
time. Scatter 1/2 of the fresh coriander over the lamb and continue
cooking, tightly covered for 10 minutes more, or until the lamb is tender.
To serve, transfer the entire contents of the skillet to a heated
platter, and sprinkle the top with lemon juice and the remaining fresh

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