I thought this was a bit of a risk, but Bert loved it. And so did I. I imagine that, other than the inevitable ‘thumb’ of ginger, this is totally inauthentic.
3 or 4 lamb steaks (or any lamb cut that needs quick and hot rather than long and slow cooking)
3 tomatoes, cubed
3 tablespoons ground almonds
3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
Fresh ginger, peeled – about 3 centimetres. Okay, a thumb sized piece.
2 cloves of garlic
1 small onion
1 or 2 tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil
1/3 mug coconut milk
1 mug basmati rice
Measure the coconut milk into a mug, fill up with cold water till you have a mug full of liquid and add to the rice in a pan. Bring to a boil then simmer on a very, very low heat with the lid on for 25 minutes till the liquid’s absorbed. For once, the Aga actually excels here – pop in the simmering oven for 25 minutes once it’s boiling.
Blitz the onion, garlic and ginger to a pulp in a food processor. Hold your baby with one arm while he plays the spoons one centimetre away from your face, and fry the onion mixture in a couple of tablespoons of oil with the spices. When the spices smell warm and fragrant and the onion’s translucent, add the lamb, cut into bite sized pieces, and brown. After about five minutes, add the tomatoes, almonds and yoghurt. Cook for around another 10-15 minutes on a medium heat, till the lamb’s cooked through. Salt yours on the plate – I thought it needed it.
Bert even managed to gum his way through quite a lot of the meat here, but the dog did end the meal covered in coconut rice confetti.