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Lamb Keema (Balti)

This is from “This Muslim Girl Bakes” and is an authentic Pakistani recipe. We tried it and want to try it again! Serves four with sides. Start with a frying pan or wok.

  • Oil
  • 1 onion chopped

Heat the oil and fry the onion until just starting to brown

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 2cm of fresh ginger, grated

Add to the onion and fry one more minute

  • 500g minced lamb

Add to the pan and brown

  • 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (for mild, more if you want)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp  ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped

Add these to the pan mix in a bubble away, covered for 30 minutes. Add more water if it needs it

  • handful of frozen peas

Add the peas and cook for another five minutes.

Serve with rice, naan or paratha and Josh’s Dhal like so:



Lamb with Peppers and Aubergine

My favourite way with lamb – shoulder or leg.

  • Lamb joint
  • 50g butter
  • 1tbs wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbs fresh chopped marjoram
  • 500g red peppers approx, chopped into chunks
  • 500g aubergine approx, chopped into chunks
  • Olive oil

Mix the butter, mustard and marjoram. Cut slits in the lamb fat and smear the surface of the joint with butter rubbing into the slits. Put the vegetables in the bottom of your roasting tray and swill about to coat in olive oil. Put the lamb on top on a rack or tuck in if you don’t have a rack. Roast according to weight  ( probably 190C for 20 minutes plus 25 mins/500g ). Watch the veg don’t burn. Stir around from time to time so they don’t char too badly. When the meat is cooked let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. The taste will be amazing and the veg will make a fabulous accompaniment. New potatoes and green beans would be perfect.

Merguez Sausages

Spice Mix (makes 10 tbs or 14tbs – it will keep in a jar):

  • 4 tbs paprika
  • 2 tbs fennel (ground)
  • 1 tbs ground coriander
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional: 4tbs sugar

To make the sausages:

  • 500g minced lamb or beef
  • 120 g fat
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped 9or paste)
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 or 3 tsp harissa paste
  • 2 tbs spice mix above

Mix all the above. Make sausages in your sausage machine, with or without casings. If you don’t have a sausage machine, you can hand-roll sausage shapes, mould them around skewers or make little patties like mini burgers. Fry or grill and use with North African sides like couscous, roast vegetables, hummus, olives, flatbread.


Lamb in Palava Sauce (African)

For some reason this really appeals – probably because African recipes are fairly rare. For four, you need:

  • 1 red chilli
  • 2cm root ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 300ml lamb, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1tbs tomato puree
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 6tbs palm oil (boo hiss, I know, but it is authentic and makes it a great red colour)
  • 500g lean lamb cubed
  • 200g spinach
  • 2 eggs beaten

First make a sauce by blitzing the chilli, ginger, garlic, puree, tomatoes and half the onion.

Stir-fry the other half of the onion and the lamb in the red oil. Add the sauce and stock, bubble up and simmer, covered, for 40-50 minutes. Stir in the spinach and let it wilt. Drizzle in the egg  and simmer two more minutes. Serve with rice or flatbread.

Lamb and Couscous in the Pan

Ingredients (for two) – easily halved

  • 2 lamb things (steaks, pairs of chops or a small pack of lamb mince to be made into meatballs)
  • 2 tsp harrisa paste
  • 1 mug couscous
  • 1 mug boiling chicken stock
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Handful of dried fruit and nuts (chopped dried apricot, sultanas, flaked almonds, cashews, stuff like that)
  • Oil

Rub the meat with the harrisa paste, or if using mince make meatballs with the harrisa paste mixed in. Heat the oil and fry the meat until it looks cooked. Add the couscous, drained chick peas, fruit and nuts, and stir about. Add the stock, cover with a lid or plate and turn off the heat. Come back ten minutes later and eat it all up. Quite nice if you chop parsley or mint leaves and toss them in.

Fifteen Minute Meal (don’t ask what, just look)

This one one of those recipes with lots of options. Fundamentally it is a quick bean stew with meat on top. You can use what is available, as follows:
Ingredients (for one) – easily multiplied:

  • Meat thing ( a lamb steak, a chicken breast or a bacon chop, even a couple of sausages)
  • half a tin of either butter beans, canellini beans, black-eye beans, flageolet beans, pinto beans or similar
  • half an onion
  • a garlic clove
  • Other veg you may have to hand – chose two or three from: a carrot, a celery stick, half a red pepper, a small courgette, a lonely potato
  • 1 mug boiling chicken stock (if using chicken or pork), or lamb or beef stock if using a lamb steak
  • half a teaspoon paprika
  • Oil, salt, pepper

Take your onions and vegetables and chop to about sugar cube size. Heat the oil in a pan and sweat the veg and garlic until soft. Add the paprika and stir around for a bit longer. Pour in the stock, cover and simmer gently for ten minutes. Add the beans (drained) and heat for another five. If you are hungry and on your own use the whole tin, why not. Check the seasoning and add some if needed, it depends on your stock.
In another pan heat a spoon of oil and cook your meat thing both sides until done.  You can speed this up for chicken by slicing the breast into 1cm slices cross-ways, it will be cooked in about four minutes!

Serve your bean and vegetable stew in a bowl with the meat on top. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if you have some. Eat.

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