Ten days to Diwali…the countdown has begun! It’s time to start planning the menu, and to start hauling out those tried and tested recipes. The next ten days are going to be manic in ‘Holiwood’ – the Diwali orders are piling up and so are the recipe requests….the AMC giveaway on the blog has created quite a stir…click here for more, https://yudhikayumyum.com/competition/amc-giveaway/. There are two of my supplements out this Wednesday, 15 October in the Post Newspaper so don’t forget to diarise the date and pick up your copy! I just love the buzz and hearing from all of you…thanks for the lovely emails and comments!
I am delighted to say that yesterday’s episode of Mela was the most popular so far. The recipe for Durban Naan bread is the most viewed recipe on the blog and it just goes to show that old is gold! For the longest time, I felt that my food loves were not sophisticated enough…I am a simple eater and old-fashioned food is my best….as someone on twitter said…move over Chip and Dip…it’s time for Raan and Naan….click her to watch the clip from Mela, https://yudhikayumyum.com/sabc-2s-mela-videos/mela-raan-and-naan/ and here for the recipe:https://yudhikayumyum.com/2014/10/12/melas-raan-and-naan/
A word of warning…..I am going to be blogging lots…just so you get some great ideas for your Diwali feast…so fasten your seat belt..this is going to be amazing ‘blog party’…stay tuned for the latest competition…details posted later today!
Lamb curry is one of my favourite curries….you can add potatoes to this if you like. A lamb dish always makes an appearance at our Diwali table…and so does fish, prawn and vegetarian…plus a decadent sweet offering! You can use shoulder, knuckles or leg for this recipe…I used the lamb shanks…I asked Mr Pat at Broadacres Spar butchery to slice each shank into three knuckles! This is one of my favourite cuts and it even works well in Lamb breyani. Leg of lamb is my least favourite cut for curries.
Traditional Lamb Curry
Serves 6 – 8
2kg lamb shanks
75ml sunflower oil
2 x 2.5 inch pieces of cinnamon
1 large bay leaf
2 cardamom pods
5ml cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
10ml coarse salt
30ml crushed ginger
15ml crushed garlic
50ml red chilli powder
10ml ground coriander
7ml ground cumin
5ml garam masala
3 tomatoes, blanched and chopped
Fresh coriander to garnish
Here’s how I do it:
Cut across each shank into 3 pieces.
Heat the sunflower oil on medium in an 30 AMC pot.
Add the cinnamon sticks, bay leaf and cardamom pods.
Fry the whole spices for a few seconds until fragrant, then add the cumin seeds.
Add the onion, then stir in the salt and sauté until golden brown.
Add ginger and garlic paste and stir before add all ground spices.
Place the lamb in the spice paste and stir well to coat the piece.
Remove from heat if necessary while you do this.
Stir the meat ensuring that the spices and lamb do not stick and burn.
When the mixture does begin to stick, add boiled water and leave to simmer for about 60 – 90 minutes or until the meat is tender – I simmer the lamb on a very low heat to make sure it’s meltingly tender!
Add the chopped tomato and simmer until they soften and form a thick sauce.
Adjust the seasoning and garnish with fresh coriander.