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Lamb Curry with Cardamom Cashew Rice

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Category: Rice, Meat, Indian

 Ingredients List

  • 900 g Lamb, diced
  • 3 tb Vegetable oil
  • 2 Lamb stock cubes
  • 75 ml Natural yogurt
  • 1 Lemon, juice of
  • 225 g White basmati rice
  • 1 tb (rounded) whole cardamom
  • -pods
  • 75 g Golden sultanas
  • 100 g Cashew nuts
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • -black pepper
  • --- For the Marinade ---
  • 2 md Onions, peeled
  • - and cut into 5mm dice
  • 1 Clove garlic, peeled and
  • -crushed
  • 2 1/2 Cm fresh ginger, peeled and
  • -grated
  • 1 ts (rounded) cinnamon
  • 1 ts (rounded) garam masala
  • 15 Cardamom pods, seeds
  • -removed, lightly toasted
  • And crushed
  • 1/2 ts (rounded) mild chilli powder
  • --- To Garnish ---
  • 1 md Red chilli, deseeded thin
  • -sliced
  • 1 md Green chilli, deseeded thin
  • -sliced


A simple, fragrant, very mild curry recipe.

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and brown the
lamb a few pieces at a time, until all the meat has been used up. Add
another tablespoon of oil if necessary, to prevent the meat from sticking
to the pan. Then put the browned lamb, along with the marinade ingredients,
into a medium sized bowl. Stir well to coat thoroughly, cover with
clingfilm and leave until cold. Refrigerate overnight to allow the spices
to flavour the lamb.

The next day, bring 1 pint (570ml) of water to the boil in a medium-sized
pan with the stock cubes. Stir to dissolve. Add the lamb and the marinade,
bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook gently
for 1 1/2 hours.

While the lamb is gently simmering away, mix the yogurt and lemon juice
together in a small bowl, cover and put aside.

Start preparing the rice about 25-30 minutes before the lamb is cooked.
Bring a medium-sized pan of salted water to the boil, add the rice and the
cardamom pods and boil for about 8 minutes.

Test to see if the rice is cooked by splitting a single grain in half with
your fingernail; if it has a tiny white speck in the centre it is al dente
and is just right for eating.

Add the sultanas to the rice 1 minute before the end of cooking time, so
that they are plump and juicy. Drain the rice in a colander. Heat the
remaining tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the
cashews briefly, until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper. Transfer the
rice to a bowl and remove the seeds from about half the cardamom pods for
extra flavour, discarding the husks. Stir the seeds into the hot rice,
along with the fried cashews. Season well and cover with foil to keep warm
while you finish off the lamb.

Remove the lamb from the heat, stir in the yogurt and lemon, check the
seasoning and spoon on to 4 warmed plates. Carefully spoon the hot rice on
top and garnish with the red and green chilli slices.

Suggested Wine: Sainsbury's Jumilla £3.69

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