Tested till perfect Lamb Korma

Lamb Korma

This richly flavoured classic northern Indian curry is for those who like the challenge of complex cooking methods. Be sure to use a heavy-bottomed pot because the nuts-and-yogurt mixture sticks and can burn if not constantly supervised and stirred.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: April 2008

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  • Portion size 8


  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupraw unsalted cashewcashews
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupvegetable oil
  • 6 6oniononions, thinly sliced
  • 4 lb 4lbboneless lamb shoulderlamb shoulders
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspsalt, (approx)
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 4 green 4greenchillies or jalapeño pepperjalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 2bay leafbay leaves
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspfinely minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspfinely minced gingerroot
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspground coriander
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgaram masala
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupBalkan-style plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspground mace, (or 1/4 tsp/1 mL nutmeg)
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcayenne pepper
  • 3 cups 3cupslamb stock or water
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsprose water or water
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsaffron threads
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplime juice, (approx)
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In dry skillet, toast cashews over medium heat until well browned. Transfer to food processor; pulse until fine. Set aside in food processor.

In same skillet, heat 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the oil over medium heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until caramelized. Let cool. Add to cashews; pur?until smooth.

Meanwhile, cut lamb into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes; toss with half each of the salt and pepper. In same skillet, brown lamb, in batches, over medium-high heat; transfer to bowl. Add 1/3 cup (75 mL) water to pan, scraping up any brown bits. Add to lamb; set aside.

In Dutch oven, heat remaining oil over medium heat; fry chilies, bay leaves, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes, stirring often and adding up to 2 tbsp (25 mL) water if mixture sticks to pan. Add coriander; fry, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add garam masala; fry, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Stir in yogurt, mace and cayenne; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Whisk in stock, onion mixture and remaining salt and pepper until combined.

Add lamb and any juices to pan; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring often, for about 1-1/2 hours or until lamb is tender and sauce is darkened and thickened. Discard bay leaves.

Meanwhile, warm rose water in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir in saffron and let stand for 15 minutes. Stir into lamb mixture along with lime juice. If desired, add more lime juice and salt to taste. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Additional information : Tip: Garam masala is available in Indian stores and the spice aisle of many grocery stores and supermarkets. But the flavour is best when you toast and grind your own spices.

Here's how: Toast 1 each cinnamon stick and black cardamom pod, broken; 1 tsp (5 mL) each whole cloves and peppercorns; and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) fennel seeds until aromatic. Grind in spice grinder until powdered.

Makes about 1 tbsp (15 mL).

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 539 pro 50g total fat 31g sat. fat 8g
carb 16g fibre 2g chol 153mg sodium 440mg

% RDI:

calcium 8 iron 38 vit A 2 vit C 15
folate 24
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