Thursday, 25 July 2013

Keema Matar (lamb mince and pea curry)

Keema Matar
Serves 4-6 depending on how much bread or other accompaniments you serve

This is one of my favourite weekend recipes to make as although it is a little time consuming, it is really easy and the results are worth it. I find I usually have most of the ingredients – maybe just have to go out and get some fresh coriander, chilli and the mince. The results are deeply satisfying, rich, savoury, sweet from cinnamon and warm from the chilli. Eat with naan bread. I forgot to add the coriander for the photo - looks much better with it sprinked over!

2 tbsp oil
Half a cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 cardamom pods, bruised
3 peppercorns
2 onions, chopped
500g Lean minced lamb
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp ground coriander (I like to grind my own)
½ tsp ground cumin (again, I grind mine)
¼ tsp chilli powder/cayenne
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tbsp. coriander stems, finely chopped
1 fresh red chilli, split but not all the way in half
½ tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
½ tsp paprika
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 2cm dice
150g frozen peas
¼ tsp garam masala
Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Heat the oil in a wok (with a lid) and add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and onions.  Cook on a low heat until turning golden brown, but don’t let it burn. Turn up the heat and add the lamb, curry powder, ground coriander and cumin, chilli powder and turmeric. Stir well and break up all lumps. Stir fry until the lamb is brown – if a lot of fat is release try to drain a bit off, but not all of it.

Add the coriander stems, red chilli, garlic and ginger pastes, paprika and season with about 1 tsp salt. Stir fry on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes to cook out the pastes and spices. Then tip in the tomatoes and about half a can of water. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes, pushing them down into the curry and add a bit more water just to cover if necessary. Pop the lid back on and cover gently for anything from 20-40 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Add the peas and heat through for a couple of minutes. Turn heat off, sprinkle with garam masala and chopped coriander and serve. 

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