Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Lamb Dish With a Difference

Lamb DopiazaWhen you’re cooking dinner, there’s no better feeling than seeing your family members and/or guests satisfied with the meal, except maybe enjoying the meal yourself.

Lamb is a popular meat in Australia and can be cooked in a variety of ways. When it comes to cooking lamb, there are a number of things you can do with the meat but there are also a lot of ways you can go wrong. Australian cuisine is often a cross section of foods from different countries and cultures, so we thought it appropriate to present one of our favourite lamb dishes from Bangladesh and India. Follow these steps and you’re sure to have your dinner guests singing your praises!

This dish has a number of names, but in Bangladesh and India it’s known as 'dopiaza'. It's one of the most popular dishes in those regions and tastes great! The recipe isn't too complicated, easy to follow and quite worthwhile. You might remember a version of this on Masterchef, but below is the original 'desi' style of the Lamb dopiaza.

-Steamed rice
-95g (1/3 cup) yoghurt
-3 tablespoons curry powder
-2 to 3 red chillies, finely chopped
-2 or 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
-50g butter
-750 or 800g lamb leg steaks in 3 cm pieces.
-ginger, neatly grated
-2 cloves garlic, crushed
-4 or 5 tomatoes
-1/3 cup chopped coriander, plus extra sprigs to serve.

After you're done cooking, make sure to serve after 10 minutes. This is when the true taste of the dish comes out. You can either pick naan or steamed rice to go with the other ingredients, alter the number of tomatoes or chilli depending on your preference. If you follow the recipe above, you'll rock those taste buds for sure! Also, if you're serving naan instead of rice, do make sure it's butter naan so that your guests get the full feeling of having lamb dopiaza.

Before the start, know that the meat you select is really important because that's the core of the flavour. Aged lamb meat works really well with this recipe but you may dare to choose differently.

Another very popular dish in the east is lamb biriyani. Due to the fact that there are countless methods of making it, a fixed recipe might sell it a bit short. It’s equally delicious as the lamb dopiaza while some say it's even better. There couldn't be a better way to find out except trying it out yourself!

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