Monthly Mystery Munchies #27: Lamb Rogan Josh

Keep calm and curry on! I am a staunch proponent of curry – any curry, any time – I’m totally there! When Ann suggested July’s Monthly Mystery Munchies theme – Indian – I was too excited. Give me any excuse to throw it down in the kitchen and I will take it. I know a lot of people don’t like to fuss, but I was in my element in the kitchen, trying various dishes for hours at a time, and after a stressful couple of months, I was blissing out on cinnamon, cardamom, masala, cloves, you name it. What a joy this past month has been! Oh, and my house smelled amazing! I’m sure my neighbours thought I was setting up a spice factory. I would absolutely be Ginger Spice, because I had that in abundance. Aah yes, I do like abundance of a culinary nature.

So, now the question was “which dish should I choose?”. Enter the willing guinea pigs: The Husband (always game), the sister from another mister, and a dear friend who inspires me with her incredible cooking, especially her Indian cuisine. We settled on lamb rogan josh, because lamb. It’s such a treat, being an expensive meat and it’s so not difficult at all! No slaving for hours upon hours (although, by my own admission, I kinda dig that) but not for this recipe. It’s fragrant and spicy but not hot, so it’s suitable for everyone.

Ann, inspired by Pinterest (it’s addictive) made Indian Bengali-style spicy eggs. Yáll, head on over to Grubbs ‘n Critters, like soon-ish, to check it out.

Now, let’s get curried away with this lamb rogan josh. Enjoy it!

Lamb Rogan Josh

  • Difficulty: Not brain surgery
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Supplies:

1kg diced leg of lamb
1/4 cup canola/vegetable oil
10 black peppercorns
5 green cardamom pods, sliced
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
5 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons garam masala
4 large tomatoes, pureed
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
175g double cream yoghurt
Fresh coriander
Basmati rice

Making it Happen:

Paste: Blitz the ginger and garlic with 4 tablespoons of water in a food processor. Set aside.

In a large, heavy-bottom non-stick pot, heat two tablespoons of oil, fry the lamb on medium heat until it’s browned on all sides. Remove from the pot.

In the same pot, heat the rest of the oil on medium heat and fry the peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon for 1 minute. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and ginger paste, and fry for another minute. Take a deep breath and enjoy the aromatics emanating from the pot!

Sprinkle the rest of the spices into the pot and fry for 30 seconds, then add the lamb back into the pot, stir in the tomatoes, fill with water and simmer for half an hour, or until the lamb is tender.

Stir in the yoghurt and garnish with coriander. Serve with basmati rice.
(You can also make this ahead of time, refrigerate and reheat slowly on low on your stove.) 

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Banana Muffins

I don’t believe in wasting, so when I ended up with two overripe bananas and half a bottle of buttermilk, I decided to make muffins. Because I don’t like wasting. Possibly also because I can’t resist them! This recipe is easy and so versatile. You can add cinnamon, pecans or walnuts and adjust it to your liking.

Prep time: <10 minutes     Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes     Yields: 12 medium muffins

Banana muffins 1 (2)2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
100g softened butter
1½ cups flour
½ cup white sugar
½ cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon vanilla paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla essence/extract)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ baking soda

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

Banana muffins 2 (2)I never sieve sugar unless it’s lumpy so pour the sugar into a mixing bowl and add the softened butter. Beat, using an electric mixer on low, for 20 seconds. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully mixed into the rest of the batter. Add the mashed bananas beat until thoroughly combined. Remember to occasionally scrape down the sides throughout the preparation.

 

 

 

Banana muffins 3 (2)Sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda into the bowl, add the vanilla and mix well. If you’re adding cinnamon, sprinkle it in now.

 

 

 

 

 

Banana muffins 6 (2)Pour in the buttermilk and mix on low until fully combined and smooth. If you’re adding nuts, now is the time to do so and remember to scrape down the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

Banana muffins 8 (3)Pour the batter into greased muffin cups and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clear. You can freeze the muffins, serve them at room temperature or heat them up in the microwave for about 10 seconds, cut them in half lengthways and spread some butter over them. Oooooh!