Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ground lamb and Peas - Indian style

This is an old favourite and comes from Madhur Jaffrey my favourite Indian cook book author see Cook books. She says that this is a dish that many young Indian people arriving in London would cook to remind them of home. I was feeling like Indian food and I had 1/2 Kg of ground lamb in the freezer so I phoned my Father (if he saw me blogging Indian food and he had not been invited I would be in trouble)
All though in this case it was not a week night this is definitely week night dinner material.

2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 Jalapeno and 2" of fresh ginger all finely chopped (or see make ahead Indian base)
1 Onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 medium tomatoes chopped (or equivalent canned)
1 1/2 lb of ground lamb (or beef)
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of frozen peas

Put the oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat add the onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno.

When they are lightly browned add spices and then stir in for a few seconds.

Then add the tomatoes, minced lamb and salt.  Cook, stirring for 2 minutes breaking up all the lumps, sir in the water and bring to a simmer.

Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.  take off the lid and continue to simmer until most of the moisture has cooked off.

Add the frozen peas stir in and as soon as they are warmed up serve.  We had this with Naan bread, rice and aloo gobi (blogged yesterday) and of course some good indian chutney.

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