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       Title: Lamb W/ Yoghurt, Coconut Milk & Almond Masala (Bad
  Categories: Ethnic, Lamb
       Yield: 6 servings
  
       1 ts Saffron threads                     2 c  Unflavored yoghurt
       2 ts Caraway seeds                       2 ts Salt
     1/4 c  Ghee (or melted butter)             4 ea 1 in stick of cinnamon
     1/2 ts Cardamom seeds                      6 ea Whole cloves
       2 c  Chopped onions                      3 ea Cloves garlic, chopped
       2 ts Chopped fresh ginger              1/2 ts Ground red chili pepper
       2 c  Coconut milk                      3/4 c  Boiling water
     1/2 c  Cold water                     
  
      2 lb  cubed lamb                        1/2 c  unsalted almonds Drop the
   saffron  threads into a small bowl or cup,  add  1/3  of the boiling water
   and soak for at least 10 minutes.   Pour the saffron and its soaking liquid
   into a deep bowl and stir in  the yoghurt, caraway seeds and salt. Add the
   lamb and turn it about with a spoon until all the pieces are evenly coated.
   Marinate the lamb at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile,
   combine the almonds and the rest of the boiling water in a bowl, and soak
   for 10 minutes. Pour the almonds and their soaking water into a blender and
   blend until you have a smooth paste.   Set aside.  In a  heavy casserole,
   heat the ghee over moderate heat until fairly  hot. Add the cinnamon,
   cardamom,  and cloves,  stir for a minute or so, then add the onions,
   garlic and ginger.  Lifting and turning them constantly, fry for 7 to 8
   minutes until the onions are soft and golden brown. With a slotted spoon,
   remove the lamb from the marinade, add the meat to the casserole, and stir
   over moderate heat until it browns evenly. Stir in the marinade and the
   cold water,  then add the almond puree and red pepper and cook for 10
   minutes stirring occasionally. Pour in the coconut mild, bring to a boil,
   and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes, or until the lamb is tender.
   To serve,  discard the cinnamon and cloves,  mound the lamb attractively on
   a deep heated platter, and pour the sauce over it.
  
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