Dhansak is a popular Indian curry made from meat, lentils and flavoured with spices including cumin and ginger. It’s mild, sweet and rich with just enough heat to satisfy most tastes. Best of all it benefits from being made a day in advance as it tastes even better re-heated the next day.
3 tbsp sunflower oil
1 kg/2lb 4oz diced lamb shoulder or leg, or a mixture of both
2 onions, chopped
25g/1oz fresh root ginger, peeled
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 red chillies, seeds removed, chopped
10 green cardamom pods
1½ tbsp ground cumin
1½ tbsp ground coriander
½ tbsp ground turmeric
1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes
200ml/7fl oz beef stock
75g/2½oz red lentils
3 tbsp honey
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 3 (130C fan).
Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan. Add the lamb and fry in two batches until browned. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until beginning to soften.
Meanwhile, place the ginger, garlic and chilli into a small food processor and blend until finely chopped.
Bash the cardamom pods with the end of a rolling pin to split the husks, then remove the seeds and grind them to a fine powder in a pestle and mortar. Add to the pan with the remaining spices and the garlic and ginger mixture.
Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and add the lamb. Bring to the boil, then cover and place in the oven to simmer for 1½-2 hours, or until tender. Check the seasoning and serve with boiled rice.
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