Monday, 4 March 2013

Spiced rack of Lamb with Persian Rice

A rack of lamb takes 25 minutes to cook (the same time as the rice), it's quick and easy to carve with no waste, I love it. Give your lamb some love by marinating it over night with a homemade rub and letting it REST after roasting, it's so important if you want juicy meat. See the juices creating a steady pool under the lamb, yeh, you want that!
You can put whatever you like in your marinade. I don't want you to look at my recipe and be put off by the number of ingredients. If you only have ginger, garlic and garam masala then that's enough to make a real difference but this marinade is seriously the bee's knees. Score the fat of the lamb (not too deep) and rub in the marinade, sit over night or at least 8 hours in the fridge.
I'll write the recipe at the bottom of the post, but here are the steps. You need to oil the lamb and bring to room temperature before searing.
Sealing and blackening the meat.
 Soaking the golden raisins and barberries
Putting together the ingredients for the rice whilst the lamb cooks.
Once the meat is sealed on all sides, pop it in the oven to roast for 15 minutes on 190C.
Take it out, pop it on a plate and cover with foil for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make your rice.
When the rice is ready, slice up the lamb and pile it on top. Easy Peasy.
Juice of 1 lime
Dried lime powder or the zest of the time
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 thumb of ginger, grated
1/2 tsp sumac
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 heaped tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 black cardamon pods, bashed (or green, if you don't have black)
2 pinches of salt and freshly ground pepper
3 cups Basmati rice (this make loads for 4 people, but trust me, this is magical rice, you'll want a mountain of it)
1 red onion, strips fried until crispy
Big pinch of saffron
2tbsp of the following-
toasted flaked almonds
chopped pistachios
dried barberries (soaked in water)
golden raisins (soaked in water)
Big pinch of dried rose petals
grated zest of 1 lemon
Cinnamon bark/ 1 tsp powdered 
knob of butter
1tsp sugar
Fresh coriander, chopped

To make the rice, and this is by no means authentic, just what I like to do..

Wash the rice 3 times in water. 
1.Cover the rice with water 1cm above the rice level and bring to the boil.
2.Quickly reduce the heat to a bare simmer and place a lid on the pan, leave for 10 minutes without checking/lifting the lid.
3. Lift the lid and stir in all the ingredients bar the coriander.
4. Mix and return to the heat with the lid on and after 3 minutes, turn the heat off and let steam away with no heat. This should provide a slightly crisp base (delicious)but the rice will be fluffy.
5. Season with a little salt, stir through coriander and serve with the lamb. 
I like to serve with a little salad and yogurt dip. Do you have any interesting ways with lamb?


good times tora said...

this looks incredible. that is all.

The Dame Intl said...

Oh my gosh I have to try this! Rose petals!? Fancy! But that lamb looks SO good! You are amazing Milli!

Milli said...

goodtimestora- It was really yummy, not going to lie!

Milli said...

TheDameIntl - Thank you! the rose petals make it look pretty but you so don't need them!

thelittleloaf said...

You're right about the rice - I bet I could eat huge bowlfuls of it, looks amazing! Love a good spiced lamb dish too, you're making me so hungry!

Milli said...

It's a meal that really fills your home with delicious smells!

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