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                                DHANA GHOSHT
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 Serving Size  : 3    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Meats                            Indian
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 1/2   lb           Stewing lamb, trimmed
                         -of fat and diced
    2       c            Yogurt (full-fat),
    6                    Garlic cloves, crushed
    4       t            Coriander, ground
    2                    Lila murcha, (fresh
                         -green chili peppers),
    4       t            Paprika
    4       t            Salt (or less)
    3       t            Ginger, coarsely crushed
    4       T            Cooking oil
                         -(mustard oil is best)
    2       md           Onions (or more
                         -to taste)
    3       t            Cumin seeds
    1       t            Turmeric powder
    2       t            Black mustard seed
    2       t            Red chili powder
                         -(also called cayenne
                         -pepper or lal mirch)
    4       oz           Coriander, fresh
   Dice the meat into bite-size cubes and soak in warm water for 2-3 minutes.
   Mix the paprika, ground coriander, salt, crushed garlic and crushed green
   chilies with yogurt.  Drain the lamb and add to the yogurt marinade. Leave
   to marinate for at least six hours. Ideally it should marinate in the
   refrigerator for 24 hours.
   Dice the onions into thin semi-circles.  In a large saucepan or a generous
   frying-pan,  heat the cooking oil over a high flame.  Add the onions when
   the oil is hot enough to “steam.” Reduce the heat to medium and stir
   occasionally.  Fry the onions until they change colour to a deep red/brown.
   This should take 10 to 15 minutes.
   At this point add the black mustard seeds and stir a few times.  Then  add
   the ginger, cumin seeds, red chilies and turmeric powder. Increase the heat
   and fry this “masala” for a couple of minutes. Add the marinated lamb to
   the masala and mix well.
   At this point you have two options, either to cook the meat on the stove or
   to bake it. Stove-top cooking takes less time but requires fairly constant
   stirring.  It should be cooked in a covered saucepan on a low to medium
   flame for about 45 minutes. Add water if the sauce gets too dry and begins
   to stick. For baking, transfer it to an ovenproof casserole, cover it, and
   bake for 1 1/2 hours at 200 degrees F. Check occasionally, though you are
   unlikely to need to add any water to the sauce.
   Finally, prepare and wash the fresh coriander in cold water.  Only the
   leaves and the tender stems should be retained. Chop coarsely and mix well
   just before serving. If you don't have any fresh coriander, then mix in
   about 2-3 t of coriander powder. Serve with well buttered (boiled) rice or
   pita bread and fresh salad.
   *  A popular North Indian lamb dish with coriander -- This is a family
   variation on a popular North Indian dish.  I cook it whenever I could get
   hold of fresh coriander, which in Edinburgh is seldom.
   I don't know its authentic Indian name.  We simply call it “dhana lamb” as
   that’s how its always cooked at home.  Dhana means “coriander” in Gujarati.
   Yield:  Serves 3-4.
   *  Take care not to burn the onions and don't overcook the masala just
   before mixing in the marinated meat.
   *  I think the dish tastes a lot better if it is baked.  It’s even better
   if cooked for a longer period at a lower temperature.
   : Difficulty:  easy to moderate.
   : Time:  15 minutes preparation, 1 day marinating, 2 1/2 hours cooking.
   : Precision:  approximate measurement OK.
   Mukesh J Patel
   : University of Edinburgh, Centre for Cognitive Science, Edinburgh,
   : seismo!ukc!cstvax!epistemi!mukesh
   : mukesh@uk.ac.ed.epistemi
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