Saturday 8 September 2007

Lamb Couscous Recipe

Tonight we ate Lamb Couscous with broccoli spears and it tasted DELICIOUS!

This dish is very tasty indeed.

Couscous is very quick to cook, so the main part is cooking the lamb and in a pressure cooker that was also very quick.

You must give this dish a try as I promise you will love it!

Shoulder of Lamb
4-5 Medium Carrots (diced small)
1 Small Leek (washed + diced small)
1 Sweet Red Pointed Pepper/Capsicum (diced small)
1 Yellow Pepper/Capsicum (diced small)
1 Small onion (diced small)
1 Tomato (peeled + diced small)
2 Handfuls Broccoli Spears
Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves + 2 Inches Fresh Ginger (chopped small + blended with a drop of water)
Sprinkle Dried Parsley
Sprinkle Dried Coriander
Pinch of Salt

For The Spices
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Small Brown Cardamon Pod
4 Small Green Green Cardamon Pods
2 Cloves

First toast lightly all of your seeds, cloves and cardamon pods in a small pan. This only takes 1 - 2 minutes, put all of them into a blender/mortar apart from all your cardamons - open your cardamon pods up and take out the small seeds, now add them also to your blend and grind to a powder.

Take your shoulder of lamb and place it into your pressure cooker. Fill with water about 1/4 of the way up(never fill a pressure cooker more than half full of water). Cook for 30 minutes depending on the size of your lamb. You might want to make a few slits into your lamb so the heat can get to the bone easier and the meat gets cooked through better.

When your lamb is cooked take it out and cover. Add your carrots, leek and peppers into your pressure cooker, on top place your broccoli. If there seems to be too much water just tip a little out as you don't want your vegetables too soggy. Cook for 5 minutes only.

In your small frying pan cook your onions until golden then add your tomatoes. Simmer then add your garlic/ginger paste. Simmer then add your ground seed mix - keep simmering. Add the rest of your spices.

Take your vegetables out of your pressure cooker- put your broccoli on a separate plate with a lid(or another plate on top) to keep the heat in. Add some salt, dried parsley and dried coriander.

Pick your lamb off the bone and add to your cooker with your couscous and spiced onions. Now add your vegetables stir and close the lid. Leave or approx 5 minutes.

It should be cooked now, don't worry if there is a little extra water just drain it off.

Enjoy Jeena's Lamb Couscous!


Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

Hi Jeens,
I wud very well call you the "foto-cook"..the snaps itselves teach the recipie...esp for people like me, who are way too lazy to be reading text( i go back to my engineering-student life, where few subjects were entirely textbook based, am me,..just doz off the moment i sit in front of my book, and the only way i cud learn those subjects were to sit in the next room in our hostel, where the "bughi-ies", reside, in a corner of their bed, and listen to them, reading aloud the text and discussing the stuff amongst themselves...lazy me)!!!

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Sona thanks for the comment, I am glad you like the way I post my recipes. :) I'm sure your not lazy I think we all can fall asleep reading books sometimes. :D

amna said...

its amazing the way you handle recipes and how u prepare single dishes that are a meal in themselves. awesome pictorials too :)

Chef Jeena said...

Thanks for the comment Nags I'm glad you enjoy my cooking. :D

Dori said...

What a great recipe for lamb...I crave lamb like crazy sometimes but always go out to eat it and hardly ever cook it myself. Next time I shop, I'm buying some lamb, this looks delicious!

Lissie said...

i haven't heard of this dish before. awesome pictures! i think it would taste like biriyani!

Meera's Blog said...

ohhhhhh,u are amazing!!how do you get such new recipe ideas!!looks soo mouthwatering jeena!!

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Meeso Lamb cooked ina pressure cooker is lovely. :)

Hey Lissie yes it would taste just as good with rice. :)

Hi Meera I just cook what I enjoy :) Thanks for the comment. :)

Kribha said...

I agree with many others. You are just great with your single meals. Love the way you cook.

Chef Jeena said...

Hey Kribha Thankyou so much :)