Posted on | August 31, 2008 | 61 Comments |
We all have certain moments in our lives when we look at our significant other and think – Yes, I’ve chosen wisely. One such moment in my life involves a huge bone. Not that kind of bone you dirty minds – I meant a real bone.
It happened in one of the early years of our relationship. We were having lamb curry for dinner. There was one large piece of bone in that curry! You know the type of bone that’s been stewed in the spicy gravy for a long time, that the spices actually get inside the bone to season the succulent marrow. If you are into bone marrow, this must be one of the tastiest you could ever find! There was only one such bone, I salivated at the sight of it and was more than willing to share. But Siv looked at it and declared that he doesn’t like marrow and I could have it… I thanked my lucky stars and went on to devour it with all the unavoidable sound effects of sucking marrow out of a bone.
We never really talked about it after that. Whenever we made any lamb curry for the next few months, I would take all the bones without a second thought. Until one day when we got two legs of lamb, one each for us. Siv offered me his bone as usual, but I was too stuffed by then that I passed. Then I saw him attacking that bone… I had never seen anyone enjoying a bone as much as he did that day. He was blowing from one end, sucking in from the other with all the strength he could muster; eyes almost popping out of their sockets. He was using props, forks and metal skewers to scrape out any remaining bits of marrow, it was some show! At the end of it all there was the cleanest bone I’d ever seen in my life!
That is when I realized – here is a guy who loves his bone as much as I do, but has been sacrificing it for me all this time… If that is not selfless love, what is? Then on, needless to say we have been sharing equally!
I remembered this story when I made this leg of lamb curry the other night. I normally make this in a pressure cooker, but with the pressure cooker we could easily overcook meat if we are not too careful, resulting in tasteless meat. So this time I decided to try a regular pot, and simmer for about an hour, and the result was totally amazing. The meat was perfectly cooked, tender but still maintaining the meaty taste and texture. And the bone marrow mixed with the spices was out of this world. Try this recipe if you are a lamb fan!
- 2 legs of lamb bone-in
- 6 cardamom pods
- 4 star anise
- 1″ cinnamon stick
- 1 large red onion, diced
- 8-10 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp ginger, grated
- 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped fine
- 1 tbsp red chili powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
- a few curry leaves
- 4 cups hot water
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp oil
In a large pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and brown the meat evenly on all sides. Remove the meat from the pan and keep aside.
Add the rest of the oil into the same pan and add the cardamom, star anise and cinnamon and saute for a few seconds.
Add the onion, garlic and ginger and saute till the onions starts to brown. Add the chili powder and coriander powder and mix well. Reduce the heat to medium and saute till the spices are aromatic and the oil starts to separate. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir well to combine, cook till the tomatoes are completely blended in.
Add the lamb back into the pan and mix well so that lamb pieces are coated with the spice mixture on all sides. Add the curry leaves, salt and 4 cups of hot water and mix well. Bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat to medium.
Cook for about 50-60 minutes. Remove the lid and cook on high heat to reduce the liquid down to form a really thick gravy.
Serve hot with steamed rice.
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