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Lentils with Lamb and Tomatoes

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Category: Pakistani, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 4 tb Corn oil
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • 4 Black peppercorn
  • 1 md Onion, sliced
  • 450 g Lean lamb, boned and cubed
  • 1/4 ts Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 ts Chilli powder
  • 1 ts Crushed coriander seeds
  • 2 1/2 Cm cinnamon stick
  • 1 ts Garlic pulp
  • 1 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1 1/2 l 6.5 cups water
  • 50 g Round yellow lentils or
  • Yellow split peas
  • 2 md Tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 Fresh green chillies
  • 1 tb Chopped fresh corainder


1. Heat the oil in a deep round-bottomed frying pan (skillet) or wok. Lower
the heat slightly and add the bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns and onion. Fry
about 5 minutes, or until the onions are golden brown.

2. Add the cubed lamb, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander seeds, cinnamon
stick, garlic and most of the salt and stir-fry for about 5 minutes over a
medium heat.

3. Pour in 900ml (3 1/4 cups) of the water and cover the pan with a lid or
foil, making sure the foil doesn't come into contact with the food. Simmer
over a low heat for about 35-40 minutes, or until the water has evaporated
and the lamb is tender.

4. Put the lentils into a saucepan with 600ml (2.5 cups) water and boil for
about 12-15 minutes, or until the water has almost evaporated and the
lentils are soft enough to be easily mashed. If lentils are too thick, add
up to 2/3 cup water to loosen them.

5. When the lamb is tender, stir-fry the mixture using a wooden spoon,
until some free oil begins to appear on the sides of the pan.

6. Add the cooked lentils to the lamb and mix together well.

7. Add the tomatoes, chillies, and fresh corainder and serve.

Tip: You can substitute the lamb with boned and cubed chicken but reduce
the amount of water in Step 3 to 300ml (1 1/4 cups) and cook uncovered,
stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes or until the water has evaporated
and the chicken cooked through.


Imran C.

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