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Yogurt Lamb Curry

Although this curry takes 90 minutes to cook/stew, it was worth the wait. The dish is from Rajasthan, it is a state which is entirely a desert. Food cooked from local ingredients is devoid of root vegetables and mostly, no meat.Ingredients4 tbsps ghee 2 lbs lamb shoulder, cubed in 2 inch pieces – preferably boneless2 Tablespoons finely chopped garlic1 cup plain full fat yogurt2 dry bay leaves6 green cardamoms1 cinnamon stick, broken into two1 large red onion, thinly sliced2 Tablespoons curry powder2 Tablespoons paprika powder1 teaspoon cayenne powder2 Tablespoons chopped cilantroSalt, to taste   InstructionsIn a mixing bowl, add garlic, yogurt, paprika, cayenne, curry powder, some salt and marinate the lamb pieces. Set aside.In a 5 qt pot, heat ghee...

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Basic Moong Dal

Ingredients1 cup yellow moong dal1 teaspoon black mustard seeds1 teaspoon cumin seeds1/2 cup chopped onion, preferably red onion2 pinches asafoetida (hing)1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped (or 1/4 tsp cayenne powder)1 medium tomato, finely chopped1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder1 Tablespoon ghee2 Tablespoonss chopped cilantroSalt, to tasteInstructionsBoil 1 cup moong dal in 3 cups water in a 3 qt pot over medium heat, do not cover the pot.In a small frying pan, heat ghee, and when the ghee is hot, add mustard seeds and allow mustard seeds to crackle.Add cumin seeds, hing, jalapeno, onion and saute for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring every minute.Add tomato and cook for a couple of minutes.Add this seasoning to cooked dal, add salt and mix well. Taste,...

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Saag is a pureed green, typical Punjabi dish, it can be made with spinach only, mustard only, or a mix of these greens as I have done below.   Ingredients 4 cups chopped fresh mustard leaves 1 cup frozen chopped spinach 1 cube frozen fenugreek leaves OPTIONAL 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder 2 teaspoons turmeric powder 1 Tablespoon grated ginger1 Tablespoon grated garlic2 Tablespoons corn meal 2 Tablespoons butter 1 cup red onion, finely chopped Salt to taste1 cup chopped Paneer cheese pieces, 1 inch cubes OPTIONAL   MethodIn a wide pot, boil 2 cups of water and add ginger, garlic, chopped spinach, fenugreek and mustard greens and cook partially covered for about 15 minutes, stirring every minute.Carefully puree this mixture...

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