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Rajasthani Lal Maas

Nothing can warm up a cold winter's evening better than with a spicy curry. But why get a takeaway when you can create a culinary masterpiece in your own kitchen? Devised by Indian chef Reza Mahammad, host of new Food Network UK show Reza, Spice Prince of India this lamb curry is perfect for a spicy weekend supper.

Ingredients

  • 225g plain yoghurt whisked until smooth
  • 1½ teaspoons roasted cumin seeds
  • 2½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
  • Salt to season
  • 3 tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil
  • 6-8 cloves
  • 15 dried red chillies (stalks removed and broken into 2-3 pieces each and soaked in very warm water for half and hour)
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 3 black cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large onions thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons garlic/ginger paste
  • 1kg lamb/mutton cut into 4cm (1½ inch) cubes preferably with bones
  • 550 ml water/ lamb stock
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree diluted with 2tbsp water
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to season
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil
  • 6-8 dried bulb chillies soaked in warm water for half an hour then drained

Method

Step 1: Combine together all the ingredients for the yoghurt mixture and set aside.

Step 2: Using a large heavy-bottomed pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the ghee/oil over a medium-high heat until hot. Add the cloves, green and black cardamom pods, bay leaves and approximately 4 of the soaked dried chillies. Once they begin to crackle and change colour add the onions along with the garlic ginger paste. Continue to saute until the mixture turns a pale almond brown.

Step 3: Now add the meat and cook, stirring continuously over a high heat for approximately 5 minutes, then add the rest of the soaked dried chillies. Continue to cook for a further 10 minutes or so, or until all the liquid has evaporated and the meat starts to brown.

Step 4: Reduce the heat to medium, then add the yoghurt mixture. Cook for a further 15 minutes or until the yoghurt has dried up completely.

Step 5: Pour in the lamb stock/water along with the tomato puree. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for approximately 30-40 minutes until tender. Once the meat is done, remove from the heat and keep warm.

Step 6: Using a small frying pan, heat up the ghee/oil until very hot, add the bulb red chillies, and as soon they change colour, pour onto the lamb.

Step 7: Finally, add the lemon juice and the chopped coriander and adjust seasoning.

Taken from Reza, Spice Prince of India, airing at 18:30pm, Monday October 24th on Food Network UK – Sky Channel 262, Freesat 405 and Freeview channel 49

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