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Lamb with Yogurt and Coconut Milk

No recipe image available.Richly spiced and intensely flavorful saffron lamb curry with coconut milk.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 teaspoon saffron
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups plain yogurt
2 teaspoons caraway seed
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds lamb, cubed
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup butter
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 whole cloves
2 cups chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced gingerroot
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups coconut milk

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine saffron and boiling water; soak for 10 minutes. Add yogurt, caraway seed, and salt. Add cubed lamb and toss to coat evenly. Marinate at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine almonds and boiling water in a bowl, and soak for 10 minutes. Pour the almonds and the soaking water into a blender and blend to a smooth paste; set aside.
  3. In a heavy skillet, heat butter until hot. Add cinnamon stick, cardamom, and whole cloves. Stir for 1 minute. sauté chopped onions, minced garlic, and minced gingerroot. Cook, stirring constantly, for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the onions are soft and golden brown.
  4. Remove the lamb from the marinade and add to the skillet. Cook over moderate heat until evenly browned. Stir in the marinade and cold water, then add the almond puree and cayenne pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in coconut milk, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the lamb is tender. Discard the cinnamon stick and cloves.

Makes 8 servings.