Lamb Korma

Sluggish cooking is everything about heat control, and a Dutch oven’s product, especially enameled cast iron, equally disperses heat, making it a perfect vessel for low-and-slow-cooked dishes like korma, curries, and stews.

F&W dish developer Liz Mervosh begins by coating her boneless lamb shoulder pieces in a fragrant yogurt-spice mixture with garam masala, coriander, and chile powder and gradually simmers them in water and entire spices inside a Dutch oven up until they almost melt in your mouth. To make the sauce additional creamy and emulsified, Mervosh soaks cashews over night and mixes them, in mix with their soaking liquid, with onions, garlic, and ginger to make a delicious paste that brings the whole meal together.

While you may see some korma recipes finished with a dosage of whipping cream for extra richness, the ghee and just the right amount of fat from the lamb make this dish luscious and inviting.

Lamb Korma

Regularly asked concerns
Is lamb korma spicy?
Generally, lamb korma is a moderate dish. Here, the mix of yogurt and entire milk assists tame any of the piquancy from the spices.

What is Kashmiri chile powder?
Kashmiri chile powder is a range grown in the Kashmir area of northern India. It is known for its bright red color and reasonably mild flavor. If you do not have Kashmiri chile powder, you can approximate its taste with a mixture of three parts paprika and one part cayenne.

The length of time does it take to make lamb korma?
Like many dishes that require an over night rest to soften meat, it’s best to make parts of this recipe ahead of time. To decrease prep time, soak the cashews and make the lamb and yogurt mix a day in advance (see “Make ahead,” listed below).

What do I serve with lamb korma?
Although lamb korma is a significant meal, serving it with basmati rice or naan can help make it a more complete meal. As a lighter side, a crisp cucumber salad adds brightness to contrast the rich flavors of the korma.

Notes from the Food & Wine Test Kitchen
Deboning lamb shoulders by yourself is possible, however it can be a difficult process if you’re not as acquainted with or comfortable deboning bigger cuts of meat. To conserve time, try to find boneless lamb shoulder at your local butcher or specialized meat shop, or ask your butcher to debone your lamb. Online merchants such as D’Artagnan can deliver boneless lamb shoulder and other cuts of meat across the country.

Recommended pairing
To match the various fragrant, warm spices in this recipe, our white wine editor advises a full-bodied Alsace Gew├╝rztraminer from Hugel with notes of grilled orange, candied quince, and honey.

Make ahead
The cashews can be soaked and kept covered in the refrigerator for 12 hours or as much as 24 hours. The yogurt and lamb mixture can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 12 hours or as much as 24 hours beforehand.
Active ingredients
3/4 cup raw cashews

2 1/4 cups water, divided

2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces

3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

2 teaspoons garam masala (such as Marhaba).

2 teaspoons ground coriander.

2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided.

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric.

1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chile powder.

5 tablespoons ghee, divided.

2 yellow onions, thinly sliced.

5 big garlic cloves, peeled and smashed.

1 little piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced.

6 entire green cardamom pods.

3 entire cloves.

2 fresh or dried bay leaves.

1 cinnamon stick.

1 entire black cardamom pod.

Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish.

Cooked basmati rice and naan, for serving.
Integrate cashews and 1 1/4 cups water in a small bowl. Cover and cool a minimum of 12 hours or approximately 24 hours.

Integrate lamb, yogurt, garam masala, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt, turmeric, and chile powder in a big bowl; toss up until lamb is coated. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 12 hours or approximately 24 hours.
Melt 3 tablespoons ghee in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onions; cook, stirring periodically, till deeply browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer onions to a blender; include cashews and soaking liquid, garlic, and ginger. Process until smooth, about 45 seconds. Tidy Dutch oven, and wipe dry.
Melt staying 2 tablespoons ghee in Dutch oven over medium-high. Cover Dutch oven, and decrease heat to really low. Simmer, covered, stirring and scraping bottom of Dutch oven sometimes to prevent sticking, up until lamb is extremely tender, 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours.

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