Spiced lamb lollipops with korma sauce & toasted almonds

spiced lamb lollipops with korma sauce and toasted almonds

Serves 4

  • 8 quality lamb cutlets, French-trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground

  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, grated

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 150 g blanched almonds

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cloves

  • ½ stick cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 red onion, finely sliced

  • 200 g tinned chopped tomatoes

  • 250 ml fat-free natural yoghurt

Lay the chops out, and massage in the ground cumin and the grated ginger and about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Then leave to marinate for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.



Toast the almonds under a hot grill or in an oven until light brown. When cool, place in a plastic bag, squeeze all the air out of it, knot the end and smash with a rolling pin until the nuts are crushed. Keep to one side.



Heat a saucepan and toast the pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom until a shade darker in colour. Remove and grind in a pestle and mortar.



Melt the butter in the hot pan and when sizzling, add the garlic, turmeric and onion. Cook for a few minutes until soft, then add the tomatoes and ground spices. Stew the tomatoes down before adding the yoghurt. Bring to the boil, stirring, and turn the heat down so that the yoghurt simmers gently. It will probably curdle a little, but don't worry, a blast from a hand blender will sort that out. Cook gently for about 20 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. Season carefully with salt and turn the heat off.



When you're ready to serve, preheat a ridged griddle pan on a back ring of your cooker (it's safer). Season the lamb with salt and pepper, griddle for 1½ minutes each side or until cooked to medium. Quickly blend the sauce if it has curdled and serve with almonds, the shoot salad and some fluffy rice.

Nutritional Information

Spiced lamb lollipops with korma sauce & toasted almonds

With an aromatic Indian marinade

More Dinner Party recipes >
0 foodies cooked this
These awesome lamb lollipops are hands-on and great for sharing with mates. Just get dunking!
Serves 4
55m (plus marinating time)
Super easy
Method

This is my version of a fantastic dish that I had in a restaurant called Vij's in Vancouver. He's got a website (www.vijs.ca) and he's probably one of the most creative Indian chefs in North America, using a slightly French style with traditional northern Indian recipes. All the chefs in the kitchen are ladies and they do such a fantastic job, so here's to you Vij's. I love the idea of dipping a lamb chop into a sauce and then dipping it again to coat it in nuts followed by a zingy salad. It looks and smells fantastic! When I spoke to the chap from Vij's, he said that the reason for marinating the meat in ginger and cumin was because they used mutton in India, and it was originally to get rid of the taste of the meat, but actually it's a great marinade.

Lay the chops out, and massage in the ground cumin and the grated ginger and about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Then leave to marinate for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.

Toast the almonds under a hot grill or in an oven until light brown. When cool, place in a plastic bag, squeeze all the air out of it, knot the end and smash with a rolling pin until the nuts are crushed. Keep to one side.

Heat a saucepan and toast the pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom until a shade darker in colour. Remove and grind in a pestle and mortar.

Melt the butter in the hot pan and when sizzling, add the garlic, turmeric and onion. Cook for a few minutes until soft, then add the tomatoes and ground spices. Stew the tomatoes down before adding the yoghurt. Bring to the boil, stirring, and turn the heat down so that the yoghurt simmers gently. It will probably curdle a little, but don't worry, a blast from a hand blender will sort that out. Cook gently for about 20 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. Season carefully with salt and turn the heat off.

When you're ready to serve, preheat a ridged griddle pan on a back ring of your cooker (it's safer). Season the lamb with salt and pepper, griddle for 1½ minutes each side or until cooked to medium. Quickly blend the sauce if it has curdled and serve with almonds, the shoot salad and some fluffy rice.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 768 38%
  • Carbs 19.9g 9%
  • Sugar 15.9g 18%
  • Fat 59.6g 85%
  • Saturates 17.1g 86%
  • Protein 34.4g 76%
Of an adult woman's guideline daily amount

Related recipes:

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

Close

Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

Show/hide comments

comments powered by Disqus

Join the club

  • Create and save recipes

  • Chat in our forums

  • Ask Jamie your questions

  • Receive our weekly newsletter

  • Special offers and promotions

  • Plus £60 Naked wines voucher

Sign me up