I haven’t shared a dinner with you for quite a while and there has been a very good reason for this. A few weeks ago Chele at The Chocolate Teapot said she had lost her baking mojo (only temporarily, she soon found it again), well I seemed to have lost my making dinner mojo. I burned quite a few things, some things I undercooked, some I just didn’t season right. Poor old Mr OC, he has had to suffer some disappointing meals.
This is why I was so pleased when this dinner made from Sunday’s leftover lamb was so tasty. I do hope my making dinner mojo is back for good! (And so does Mr OC).
For the Lamb paprika:
Cooked lamb (however much you have left from a roast, or put another way, enough for two greedy people)
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
5-6 fresh tomatoes or 1 tin of plum tomatoes
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp sugar (if you are using fresh English tomatoes)
salt and pepper
If you are using fresh tomatoes, place them in boiling water for 1 minute, drain, allow to cool and then peel off the skin. Dice the tomatoes, keeping the juice.
Fry the onion and pepper in a little olive oil over a medium heat until the onion is translucent and the pepper is softened. Add the cooked lamb and the paprika and cumin and cook for a few minutes, stirring all the while so that the spices don’t burn. Add the diced tomatoes and their juice or the tin of tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and add the sugar if using fresh tomatoes. Turn the heat down and simmer gently for 30-40 minutes until the tomatoes have cooked down and the juices have reduced to a pulpy sauce. Whilst this is happening cook the spiced rice.
For the spiced rice: (generously serves 2)
200ml basmati rice
1 scant tsp salt
1-2 tsp cumin seed
5-6 cardamom pods
generous handful of raisins
Measure the rice in a measuring jug and rinse several times with water and then leave to soak in a jugful of water for 30 minutes if you have time.
Melt the butter in a heavy based pan and add the cumin seeds and cardamom pods and cook for a minute, stirring all the time. Drain the rice and add to the buttery spices, stirring carefully until coated with butter. Add 300ml of fresh water and the raisins and salt. Stir once gently, cover with a tight-fitting lid, bring to a gentle simmer and simmer for 20 minutes. Take off the heat, take off the lid and cover with a clean cloth and leave to stand for five minutes. All of the water should have been absorbed and the rice will be perfectly cooked.
Serve the rice and the lamb and tuck in. A spoonful or two of yoghurt wouldn’t go amiss.