Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Saag Gosht (lamb and spinach curry)


(4 servings)

Olive oil
1/4 ts black peppercorns
6 Whole cloves
2 Bay leaves
6 Cardamom pods
1 tbl paprika
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Medium onions finely chopped
6 Garlic cloves chopped
1 Inch cube of ginger chopped
1kg cubed lamb
2 tsp salt
250g frozen spinach chopped
1/4 ts garam masala


Fry the meat until brown on the outsides, remove and then fry onions slowly until brown. Add the spices, 1 tsp salt, garlic and ginger and fry for about 1min until aromatic. Return the meat and heat until frying again, and then add the spinach. Once this has melted/wilted add about 2 cups of water and simmer for about 40min, or more.
Just before serving add Garam Masala.

Major flavour: I dont know, salty and spicy because its a curry, however the spinach sweetens it quite a bit and its generally a sweet curry. So ill go with sweet on this.

Discussion: This turned out pretty good, but it was lacking something and im not sure what. Other recipes suggest that 5 tbl yogurt can be fried into the onion spice mix, and another suggests adding tomato paste. Ill try the yogurt tomorrow night. I think this is why this didnt work, I was missing the key sweet ingredients of Garam Masala, yoghurt. I cannot get Garam Masala here in franceand I used dried ginger and joke chilli (old Cayen pepper) pretty much it was a massive slapup job :-)

EDIT: Adding yogurt did the trick with this recipie. Ill edit it later.


Baggy Trousers said...

It sounds like it could be good. I'll start looking for other spicy recipes for you, things you should be able to get.
And some faux-asian stuff too, you poor tihng. Imagine, no salt and pepper pork!

Dr Nik said...

Yes, its terrible, France has very few asian resteurants. Just because they have a phenominal range of regional food they ABANDON food from other cultures.

One thing I do suffer withdrawals from is thai and chinese...there isnt even really vietnamese resteurants here, I would have thought with the old colonial stuff...But hey, I cant complain can I, it just doesnt hold water ;-)

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