Title: WEST: ROYAL LAMB CHOPS BRAISED WITH NUTS
Categories: Indian, Lamb
Yield: 2 servings
4 tb Unsalted butter
1/4 c Sliced almonds
1/4 c Slivered pistachios
6 lg Garlic cloves
1 One-inch piece fresh ginger
1 ts Coriander
5 Green cardamom pods,husked
1 Fresh hot green chile
1/4 ts Black peppercorns
5 Whole cloves
1/2 ts Royal cumin, or regular
-cumin seeds (see note)
1/4 ts Ground mace
1/4 c Water
3 Lamb rib chops, 4 ounces
-each, trimmed of all fat
1/2 c Water
1/2 ts Saffron threads, dissolved
-in 2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 c Peas, fresh or frozen
2 tb Minced fresh cilantro or
This elegant entree is a specialty of Rajasthan, home
of the Rajput warriors.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy pan over
medium-high heat. Add almonds and pistachios; cook,
stirring, until light brown, about 4 minutes. Remove
with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Combine the garlic, ginger, coriander, cardamom,
chili, peppercorns, cloves, cumin, mace and water in a
blender and blend to form a smooth paste.
Arrange lamb in a large shallow dish. Rub the spice
mixture over both sides of lamb. Cover and refrigerate
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large, heavy
skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and brown well
on both sides. Add 1/4 cup of the water and bring to a
boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add remaining water; sprinkle in saffron. Cover and
cook until lamb is tender, about 10 minutes. Taste,
and add salt, if needed. Stir in peas and cook 5
minutes longer. Sauce should be very thick. Transfer
lamb to a heated platter. Stir sauce and pour over
lamb. Top with fried nuts and cilantro.
Note: Royal cumin (black cumin) or shahi jeera gets
its name from the royal Moghul dishes it was most used
in. It is available at Indian markets.
PER SERVING: 640 calories, 35 g protein, 16 g
carbohydrate, 50 g fat (22 g saturated), 149 mg
cholesterol, 131 mg sodium, 5 g fiber.
Laxmi Hiremath writing in the San Francisco Chronicle,
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