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Lamb Chop With Jackfruit Gravy

Cuisine: Indian
Type: Lamb, Meat
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2   Lamb
  Olive oil to brush and baste braised-
  For The First Marinade
2 teaspoons 10mlChile powder
30   Salt or to taste - for rubbing
7 teaspoons 35mlGinger paste
3 1/2 teaspoons 17mlGarlic paste
1/2 cup 118mlRed wine vinegar
  For The Studding
12   Cloves
12   Garlic
2   Cinnamon
16   Black peppercorns
  For The Braising
  Oil for basting the legs
1 tablespoon 15mlFresh basil leaves
20   Ginger
5   Green cardamom
2   Black cardamom
3   Bay leaves
12   Rose petals
  Salt to taste
  For The Second Marinade
4 tablespoons 60mlCurd - beaten
60   Processed cheese - grated
1/4 cup 59mlCream
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlFresh basil leaves, chopped
  Mix For The Masala
3/4 teaspoon 3.8mlCoarse black pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlAmchur powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlKasoori methi powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlKebab cheeni - (allspice) powder
  A pinch of rose petal powder
  A generous pinch black salt
  For The Jackfruit
600   Kathael - (jackfruit)
  Mix For The Marinade
2 teaspoons 10mlLemon juice
2 teaspoons 10mlOil
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlChile powder
1 teaspoon 5mlTurmeric powder
  Salt to taste
  Oil for deep frying jackfruit and greasing the roasting tray
  For The Gravy
6 tablespoons 90mlGhee -
2   Onions - grated
3 1/2 teaspoons 17mlGarlic paste
2 1/2 teaspoons 12mlGinger paste
2 teaspoons 10mlCoriander powder
1 teaspoon 5mlChile powder
1 teaspoon 5mlTurmeric powder
150   Curd
250   Fresh tomato puree
100   Fried onion paste
  Salt to taste
4 cups 948mlClear vegetable stock
6   Pandan - (fragrant screwpine) leaves (or 25 basil- leaves)
3/4 teaspoon 3.8mlGreen cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlMace
  A few strands saffron - soaked in lukewarm water and crushed to a paste
  For The Garnish
15   Coriander leaves - chopped

Recipe Instructions

To prepare the first marinade: FORCEFULLY rub - as in massage - the kid/lamb racks with chile powder. Repeat the process with salt, garlic paste, ginger paste and finally with vinegar. (Each of these ingredients is to be rubbed separately, and not as mixture). Refrigerate for 30 minutes. For the studding, using a cooking needle stud the fleshiest meat of the racks with garlic flakes and the spices.

For the braising, rub the racks with oil, arrange in a roasting tray, add the remaining ingredients and enough water to cover the racks. Braise in a preheated oven (400o F) until the liquor begins to boil. Lower the oven temperature to 150o F and braise for two-and-a-half hours. Remove and discard the liquor. Brush the racks with olive oil and keep aside.

To prepare the second marinade: Put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to mix well. Rub the olive oil-coated racks with this marinade and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Remove at least 10 minutes before cooking) Skewer the rack pieces right down middle horizontally and as close to the bone as possible.

To prepare the kathael (jackfruit): Rub hands with oil. Peel the jackfruit, cut into quarters, core and cut into four cm chunks. Remove the seeds and keep aside. Rub the jackfruit cubes with the marinade and reserve for 15 minutes. Heat oil in a kadai, add the jackfruit pieces and deep fry over medium heat until light golden and done. Remove to an absorbent paper to drain the excess fat.

To prepare the gravy: Put curd, coriander powder, chile powder and turmeric powder in a bowl and whisk well. Clean, wash and pat dry the pandan (or basil) leaves. Heat ghee in a pan and fry the onions over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic paste and ginger paste. Stir-fry until the onions are light brown. Remove the pan from heat, stir in the curd mixture followed by tomato puree. Stir-fry after each addition until the ghee floats on top. Add the fried onion paste and stir-fry well. Add stock, pandan (or basil) leaves and salt. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. When slightly cool, pass the gravy through a fine mesh soup strainer into a separate pan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer stirring occasionally until the gravy reaches thin sauce consistency. Sprinkle cardamom powder and mace powder. Add saffron and adjust the seasoning Arrange the fried jackfruit in a greased roasting tray, pour half the gravy over and cook in the preheated oven (200o F) for about ten minutes.

Roast the racks in a moderately hot tandoor for about six minutes. Remove, baste with olive oil and roast again for two minutes. Or, arrange leg on mesh of charcoal grill, cover and roast over moderate heat for about eight minutes, turning occasionally. Uncover, baste with oil and roast for two more minutes, turning once.

Baste racks with butter, arrange on a carving platter, sprinkle the masala

over and serve hot.

Madhur Jaffrey's Quick and Easy Indian Cooking


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