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       Title: RAAN MASALEDAR - WHOLE LEG OF LAMB IN A SPICY
  Categories: Meats, Main dish, Indian, Lamb
       Yield: 6 servings
  
       5 lb Lamb, leg of
 
 -----------------------------------SAUCE-----------------------------------
       2 oz Almonds, blanched
     1/2 lb Onions, coarsely chopped
       8    Garlic cloves, peeled
       4    Cubes ginger, 1“, peeled
            ;chopped coarsely
       4    Green chillies, chopped
      20 fl Yoghurt, plain
       2 tb Cumin seed, ground
       4 ts Coriander seed, ground
     1/2 ts Cayenne pepper
   3 1/2 ts Salt
     1/2 ts Garam masala
       6 tb Vegetable oil
     1/2 ts Whole cloves
      16    Cardamom pods
       1    Cinnamon stick, 2 long
      10    Peppercorns, black
 
 ----------------------------------GARNISH----------------------------------
       4 tb Sultana raisins
     1/2 oz Almonds, blanched, slivered
  
   Make sure that all the fat has been trimmed from the outside of the leg and
   that most of the fell (parchment-like white skin) has been pulled off. Put
   the leg in a baking dish made, preferably, of pyrex or stainless steel.
   Put the 2 oz. almonds, onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies, and 3
   tablespoons of the yoghurt into the container of a food processor or
   blender
   and blend until you have a paste. Put the remaining yoghurt into a bowl.
   Beat
   lightly with a fork or a whisk until it is smooth and creamy. Add the paste
   from the processor, the cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and garam masala.
   Mix. Push some of the spice paste into all the openings in the lamb. Be
   quite
   generous. (I forgot to say, you need to ask the butcher to make a deep
   pocket
   to hold a ”stuffing", in this case, some spice paste mixture, or make a
   pocket yourself) Spread the paste evenly on the underside of the leg (the
   side that originally had less fat.) Now, using a small, sharp, pointed
   knife
   make deep slashes in the meat, and push in the spice paste with your
   fingers.
   Turn the leg over so its outer side (the side that was once covered with
   fat)
   is on the top. Spread a very thick layer of paste over it. Again, make deep
   slashes with the knife and push the spice paste into the slashes. Pour all
   the remaining spice paste over and around the meat. Cover with plastic
   cling
   film and refrigerate for 24 hours. Take the baking dish with the meat out
   of
   the refrigerator and let the meat come to room temperature. Remove the
   cling
   film. Heat the oil in a small frying pan over a medium flame. When hot, put
   in the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and peppercorns. When the cloves swell -
   this takes just a few seconds - pour the hot oil and spices over the leg of
   lamb. (My note: I found the spices jumped and spat in the oil quite a lot -
   make sure your arms and counter are well protected) Preheat the oven gas
   mark
   6, 400 F. Cover the baking dish tightly either with its own lid or with a
   large piece of aluminium foil. Bake, covered, for 1 hour 30 minutes. Remove
   the foil and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Baste 3-4 times with the sauce
   during this period. Scatter, or arrange in a pattern, the sultanas and the
   1/2 oz. almonds over the top of the leg and bake for another 5-6 minutes.
   Remove the baking dish from the oven and let it sit in a warm place for 15
   minutes. Take the leg out of the pan and set it on a warm platter. Spoon
   off
   all the fat from the top of the sauce. Use a slotted spoon and fish out all
   the whole spice in the sauce. Discard the spices. Pour the sauce around the
   leg. My Notes: I served the sauce separately, in a gravy boat. It is
   delicious!
  
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