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updated 11/21/2006 5:19:01 PM ET 2006-11-21T22:19:01

Recipe: Royal Shoulder of Lamb with Saffron, Raisins and Pistachios and Lemon Coriander Basmati Rice

The inspiration for this dish came from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking “Royal Roast Leg of Lamb with Saffron Raisin Sauce” and Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking “Royal Lamb or Beef with a Creamy Almond Sauce.”

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole yogurt
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless green grapes
  • 2-inch piece ginger root, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black cumin seeds
  • 8 black cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • Finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 small hot red chiles
  • 2 cloves
  • One 4 1/2-pound lamb shoulder (from the front of the shoulder), trimmed
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 cup celery heart, peeled and cut on the bias into 1-inch segments, keep the leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, toasted
  • 1/2 cup dried raisins, soaked in hot water
  • One 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • For the Lemon-Coriander Basmati Rice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Preparation

For the Braised Lamb
1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and the saffron to the boil. Whisk in the cornstarch. Let the mixture infuse for 10 minutes. Put the yogurt, crème fraîche, almond flour, grapes, ginger, sugar, salt, cumin seeds, cardamom pods, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, chiles, cloves, and the saffron mixture in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour the marinade over the lamb, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
2. Put a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 280°F.
3. Remove the lamb from the marinade, scraping off and reserving the marinade. Warm the vegetable oil in a 5-quart cast-iron pot over medium-high heat. Slip in the shoulder and sear on all sides until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the onions and celery, turn the shoulder over, and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add the pistachios, the raisins, cinnamon stick, 1/2 cup water, and the reserved marinade and stir to combine. Cover with a round of parchment paper and the pot’s lid and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the lid, but keep the parchment paper, and continue to bake for 1 hour more. While the lamb is baking, prepare the Lemon-Coriander Basmati Rice.

For the Lemon-Coriander Basmati Rice
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sweat until tender. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and coriander seeds. Add the rice and 3 cups water and bring to the boil. Add the milk and salt and bring to the boil. Simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

Serving

To serve: Sprinkle the celery heart leaves over and serve with the lemon-coriander basmati rice.

Serving Size

Makes 6 servings

Recipe: Braised Pineapple “Martinique”

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Jamaican peppercorns
  • 12 kumquats, pierced with a small knife
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (4-pound) pineapple, peeled, quartered, cored, and each quarter halved crosswise
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  • 1 4-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or canned pineapple juice
Preparation

1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 300° F. In a spice grinder, finely grind the peppercorns.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Add the kumquats and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain well.
3. Melt the butter in a cast-iron pot over high heat. Add the pineapple pieces, brown sugar, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and the reserved kumquats. And cook until the pineapple is golden brown on all side, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour in the rum and flambé. Add the pineapple juice and bring to a simmer. Cover and bake for 1 hour.

Serving Size

Makes 6 servings

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