2 Healthy Lamb Recipes – Ramzan Special

Ramzan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar during which the ‘Quran’ was first revealed.  Muslims around the world observe fasts to celebrate this month long festival. Ramzan is a time of self-reflection to focus on the soul rather than the body and an opportunity to reconnect with your faith.  Fasting, during this period, is seen as a way of instilling self-control.

The day starts at the crack of dawn with a meal called ‘Suhoor’ or ‘Sehri’ and rounds off by breaking the fast after sunset, followed by an elaborate ‘Iftar’ meal.

Two Recipes Lamb based for Iftar  …  This is best  example of Slow cooking … Atleast  3 hrs for cooking … The slow cooking makes it nutritious and flavorful

Harira to Morocco is like Haleem in India in that it’s as much a household name as anything.  Every child and adult in Morocco is familiar with harira and it’s served in practically every home throughout the country.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 700g diced lamb (we used shoulder)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 11/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1L (4 cups) chicken stock
  •  400g  Thick Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, leaves finely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
  •  400g cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  •  400g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained
  • Thick  yoghurt and toasted  Roti / Naan / bread, to serve

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METHOD

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the lamb, then in batches, cook, turning, for 4-5 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened. Return the lamb to the pan with the tomato paste, spices and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, then add the stock, chopped tomato and coriander. Bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 1 hour, then stir in chickpeas and lentils. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, then remove the lid and cook for a further 30 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the soup is slightly reduced and thickened.
  • Garnish with extra coriander and serve with yoghurt and  bread / Roti

Haleem 

A delicious Ramzan special, Hyderabadi Haleem is a savourful mutton recipe. A melange of ingredients like cracked wheat, urad dal, curd, ghee and cashew nuts

  • 1 kilograms mutton
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 cup yoghurt (curd)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup mint
  • 3 cup crushed whole wheat
  • 2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 6 green chilli

For Garnishing

  • 2 lemon wedges
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METHOD

  • Wash and soak the cracked wheat for half an hour. Trim the mutton (boneless) of any excess fat.To the mutton, add 1/2 tbsp of ginger and garlic paste, half a tsp of salt, red chilli powder, half a tsp of garam masala powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. Pressure cook the mix for 8-10 min (or until 4 whistles) and simmer for another 15-20 mins. Shred and keep aside.
  • Wash and soak the cracked wheat for half an hour. Trim the mutton (boneless) of any excess fat.
  • To the mutton, add 1/2 tbsp of ginger and garlic paste, half a tsp of salt, red chilli powder, half a tsp of garam masala powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. Pressure cook the mix for 8-10 min (or until 4 whistles) and simmer for another 15-20 mins. Shred and keep aside.
  • Boil the cracked wheat along with urad and chana dal with a tbsp of ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, 2-3 green chillies, and pepper corns in 8-10 cups of water until it’s cooked completely and the water is absorbed. Blend this mix for a few seconds.

    Heat the oil in another container, add whole spices, cooked and shredded lamb, remaining green chillies, half a cup fresh coriander and saute for a 2-3 minutes. Add curd and saute for another 10- 15 minutes. Add three cups of water and bring to a boil.

  • To this, add the blended wheat and mix well while adding a little ghee as you go. Let it simmer and cook slowly for at least half an hour . Serve hot, garnished with fried onions, cashew nuts, lemon wedges and fresh coriander.

 

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