Lamb Massaman Curry

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Step 1.

Pour your cloves, cardamom, coriander seeds and cumin seeds into a frying pan. Toast over a medium heat for a few mins until fragrant. Grind in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder.

Step 2.

Roughly chop your shallots, lemongrass, garlic and galangal. Tip into a food processor along with your toasted spices, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves. Add 2 tbsp of your coconut milk, then pulse until you have a smooth curry paste, scraping down the sides with a spatula so it all gets mixed in.

Step 3.

Chop your lamb into 5cm chunks.

Step 4.

Heat a glug of vegetable oil in a large casserole pan. Tip in your curry paste along with 100ml of coconut milk before your adding star anise and cinnamon stick. Fry over a medium high heat for 5 mins until the mixture is fragrant and taking on a golden colour.

Step 5.

Add your lamb chunks to the pan and stir to coat, frying for another couple of mins. Add the rest of your remaining coconut milk and chicken stock, then bring the whole thing to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.

Step 6.

Meanwhile, peel your potatoes and cut into quarters. Finely chop your peanuts, roughly chop your coriander and slice your red chilli.

Step 7.

Add the potatoes to the pan and simmer for another 45 mins.

Step 8.

Add your tamarind paste and brown sugar to the pan and season to taste.

Step 9.

Cook your Tilda Jasmine Rice according to packet instructions.

Step 10.

Scatter with peanuts and coriander and serve with rice.

You could use lamb shoulder instead of neck fillet, you’ll just need to cook it for an hour longer.

For The Curry Paste:
4 Cloves
3 Cardamom Pods
1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
2 Shallots
2 Sticks of Lemongrass
6 Cloves of Garlic
3cm Knob of Galangal (Or Ginger)
2 Red Chillies
½ Tsp Turmeric
2 Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves
For The Curry:
800g Lamb Neck Fillet
1 Star Anise
1 Stick of Cinnamon
400ml Coconut Milk
500ml Chicken Stock
8 Small Waxy Potatoes (e.g. New Potatoes)
50g Peanuts
Handful of Coriander
1 Tsp Tamarind Paste
1 Tbsp Soft Brown Sugar
400g Tilda Jasmine Rice
Vegetable Oil