How to cook… Lamb Madras

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Serves 4 as a main dish

Lamb Madras is one of the most-ordered dishes in Indian restaurants. Meaty chunks of lamb are cooked gently in the Base Curry Sauce that’s given an extra kick with the black peppercorns and chilli powder.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons ghee
• 1 teaspoon garlic paste
• 800g lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 600ml Base Curry Sauce
• 2 Tablespoons tomato ketchup
• salt to taste
• 0.5 onion sliced
• 1 tomato, cut into segments

Spice Mix 1
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 0.5 black peppercorns
• 0.5 fenugreek seeds

Spice Mix 2
• 1 Tablespoon curry powder
• 2 teaspoons chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 Tablespoon garam masala

How to make it…
1. Heat the ghee to a high heat. Add the Spice Mix 1 and fry for 15 seconds. The spices should sizzle immediately when you add them to the ghee. You can test it is hot enough by adding one cumin seed.
2. Add the garlic paste and cook for 1 minute on a lower heat. You may have to remove the pan from the heat for a while to the paste burning. (If it burns then throw it away and start again.)
3. Add the lamb and stir fry until sealed (about 2–3 minutes).
4. Add the Base Curry Sauce and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to avoid it sticking.
5. Add the Spice Mix 2 and tomato ketchup, mix well and cook for 20 minutes.
6. Add the salt, onion and tomato and continue cooking until the lamb is tender (about 5 minutes).

CHEF’S TIP
The onion and tomato segments should be cooked just enough that they are soft but still intact.
Lamb Madras, the classic for spice lovers.

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How to cook… Lamb Bhoona

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Serves 4 as a main dish

The use of the whole spices produces an earthy and aromatic dish and work excellently with lamb. Lamb Bhoona is a dryish dish, with the chunks of meat coated in the thick sauce. This is achieved by using less Base Curry Sauce than with other dishes and by cooking the sauce in batches slowly to reduce and thicken it.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons ghee
• 800g lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 400ml Base Curry Sauce
• small handful fresh coriander (chop up the stems to add to the curry and set aside the leaves for garnish)
• 2 Tablespoons yoghurt
• salt to taste

Spice Mix 1
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 2 cardamon seeds, cracked open but not crushed
• 2 cloves
• 5 curry leaves

Spice Mix 2
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon garam masala

How to make it
1. Heat the ghee to a high heat. Add the Spice Mix 1 and fry for 15 seconds. They whole spices should sizzle immediately. You can test the ghee is hot enough by adding one cumin seed.
2. Now add the lamb and stir fry until all the chunks are sealed. This should take 2–3 minutes.
3. Now add a quarter of the Base Curry Sauce and stir fry for 10 minutes. Add another quarter of the sauce and repeat. When you add the last quarter of the sauce also add the Spice Mix 2 and coriander stems. The sauce should be thick by the end of the 40-minutes process.
4. Add the yoghurt and salt, mix well and stir fry until the lamb is tender (about 5 minutes).
5. Serve, garnished with the coriander leaves.

CHEF’S TIP
If you don’t like whole spices in your finished curry you can put them in a little spice bag before dropping them in the ghee. You then remove the bag just before serving. If using the spice bag, cook the spices in the ghee for an extra 5–10 seconds at stage 1 to ensure the flavours are released through the bag into the ghee.
Lamb Bhoona, chunky meat in a thick, dry sauce.

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How to cook… Medium Lamb Curry

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Serves 4 as a main dish

Lamb Curry is a classic curry house favourite and this medium-strength recipe is easy to make, with some garlic and spices added to the Base Curry Sauce and simmered until the lamb is tender.

What you need…
• 2 Tablespoons ghee
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon garlic paste
• 800g lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 600ml Base Curry Sauce
• 2 Tablespoons tomato ketchup
• salt to taste
• small handful fresh coriander (chop up the stems to add to the curry and set aside the leaves for garnish)

Spice Mix
• 1 Tablespoon curry powder
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon garam masala

How to make it
1. Heat the ghee to a high heat. While it is heating up mix the Spice Mix with the vinegar and enough water to form a sloppy paste.
2. Add the cumin seeds and fry for 15 seconds. They should sizzle immediately. You can test the ghee is hot enough by adding one seed.
3. Add the garlic paste and cook for 1 minute on a lower heat. You may have to remove the pan from the heat initially to stop the paste burning. (If it burns then throw it away and start again.)
4. Add the lamb and stir fry until sealed (about 2–3 minutes).
5. Add the Base Curry Sauce and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to avoid it sticking.
6. Add the Spice Mix and tomato ketchup, mix well and cook for 20 minutes.
7. Add the salt and coriander stems and continue cooking until the lamb is tender (about 5 minutes). Add water, as needed, to maintain the consistency.
8. Serve, garnished with the coriander leaves.

CHEF’S TIP
Keeping turning the lamb chunks during the cooking process to make sure they all absorb the flavours of the sauce fully.
Classic Lamb Curry. Dark, rich sauce with meaty chunks of lamb.

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What do you call a quiet lamb? … One that is asheeeeep.

How to cook… Mughlai Malai Kofta

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Serves 4 as a main dish

Mughlai Malai Kofta (Spiced Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce) is a North Indian dish from the Moghul-era. Nicely spiced and meaty, these Indian meatballs are delicious in this creamy, fragrant sauce. Take care not to break up the koftas during the cooking process so spoon the sauce over them rather than stirring them.

What you need…
• 800g lamb mince
• 4 Teaspoon ghee
• a few coriander leaves (for garnish)

Kofta Mix
• small handful coriander leaves, very finely chopped
• 1 Tablespoon garam masala
• 2 teaspoon garlic paste
• 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
• 0.5 teaspoon salt

For the sauce
• 2 teaspoon garlic paste
• small piece of ginger, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon ginger paste)
• 200g Base Curry Sauce
• 150g yoghurt
• 150ml cream

Spice Mix
• 1 teaspoon cumin powder
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
• 0.5 turmeric powder

How to make it
1. Mix the lamb and the Kofta Mix well (it’s best to use your hands). Form into 16–20 meatballs.
2. Heat 1 Teaspoon ghee to a medium heat. While it is heating add enough water to the Spice Mix to form a sloppy paste.
3. Add the meatballs to the pan until all of them are sealed and slightly browned. This should take about 5 minutes. Be very careful when turning them or they will break down. Depending on the size of your pan you may have to do this in batches. Set the meatballs aside.
4. Heat the rest of the oil to a medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger paste and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add the Spice Mix and stir fry for 2 minutes.
6. Add the Base Curry Sauce and cook for 2 minutes.
7. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook for 20 minutes, turning the meatballs occasional. Again, be very careful when turning them. Add a little water if necessary.
8. Add in the yoghurt and cream, mix well and cook for 2 minutes more.
9. Serve, garnished with coriander leaves.

CHEF’S TIP
Making sure your form the meatballs correctly is a crucial part of this dish and ensures they stay intact during the cooking process. Don’t rush it and get your hands well into the mixture.
Mughlai Malai Kofta is a rich, meaty dish from the Moghul-era.

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