Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lamb Stew


Pretty much affordable, still, local lamb can be rather rough and tough in the sense that impossible to cook without pressure cooking to tenderise first. Unless of course you don't mind paying a lot more for prime cuts, with local lamb, as said, the start should be pressure cooking and later, after adding the other essential ingredients, simmered over very-very low heat to extract the volume of flavours. Also, stews actually taste a whole lot more tastier when make a day ahead, cool down, stored in the fridge and warmed up before tucking into the next day. For this stew, not the usual type assumingly you have not make before. potatoes as always a must, and spices, dark sauce and basil leaves. Rather a rich and filling stew, have it with or without toast, but certain also you can deep freeze the balance as well. .

500g Lamb  - cut into bite sizes
3 (about 400g) potatoes - remove skin and cut into chunks
1 (about 120g) onion - chopped
1 inch ginger - chopped
6 garlic - chopped
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Spices - 2 sticks of cinnamon, 2 cloves and 1 star anise
3 stalks of fresh Thai basil - pull the leaves out
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cornflour
Crushed black peppercorns and salt for taste.

Method
Mix lamb pieces with cornflour and keep aside.
Heat the pressure cooker, pour in oil and sauté onion, ginger and garlic. 
Add lamb and spices.
Stir and cook to brown the meat. 
Pour 1/2 liter of water, lock the pressure cooker cover and cook for 5 to 6 whistles or for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Cool down and open the cover (careful - please totally cool down before opening the cover)
Now, add potatoes and the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer over very-very low heat to cook potatoes.
Off the heat, close with the cover and let it sit for 3 to 4 hours.
Thereafter, you can tuck into with toast, or cool down and store in the fridge. 
Optional - garnish with a few fresh basil leaves before serving. 
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24 comments:

  1. Wow,,,sound really,,,really good with side of hot rice I bet is really tasty with these spices ingredients,I like your method,mix lamb with corn flour.
    Ridwan

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  2. yummy stew.

    A safe and happy journey to you. Don't forget to go Umbai to have the Ikan Bakar ya :)

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  3. WOW...yummy yummy...seriously...

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  4. Lamb Stew. I love Lamb!

    Meitzeu
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  5. I love lamb and potato stew, but with cinnamon? Sounds like I need to get cooking! Really, this sounds like the perfect comfort dish.

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  6. Oh my gosh. Can I come over for dinner? This looks amazing. Seriously so. I love the big chunks of lamb in there. I agree about the slow cooking as well and letting it sit overnight. I may just have to make this. It looks too delicious to pass up.

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  7. yum yum, lovely presentation. I can have extra rice to goes with it.

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  8. Hello Nava, love your this lamb stew, and your very well taken pic brings out your dish into temptation.
    Love your presentation, and display, very creative.
    Must have required dexterity, finesse, coordination on your part. As well using that special ingredient called 'love'.
    Can see you have a black belt in cooking.

    And there is nothing more spectacular or appealing on this planet than that of a beautiful mother or wife in the act of cooking for her loved ones.
    Have fun, and keep a song in your heart.
    Lee.

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  9. Oh that looks so yummy! Lamb stew is one of my favorite recipes :)

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  10. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments all you great people.

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  11. Nava....this looks yummy. I love that the potatoes took on that golden color from your beautiful rich broth! What a lovely photo you took as well! : )

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  12. Bookmarking the recipe...Will try it with mutton...

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  13. Oh yum, nothing is more comforting that a lovely lamb stew like this one!

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  14. Oh, yum--are those regular potatoes? They have such a beautiful golden color.

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  15. Beautiful lamb stew!!! I must try this on a cold day~

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  16. Tempting lamb stew. I have never cooked lamb but goat meat,yes. Last friday I had lamb shanks at one of our friends' and I liked it so much. Now your lamb stew with cimmamon,cloves and star anise really motivating me to cook lamb some day.

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  17. My mum used to cook this. I think she stopped 'cause it's too troublesome just for me and dad haha. It's delicious.

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  18. Thanks once again everyone, appreciate all the yummy comments.

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  19. Nava! This looks delicious! I'm not a lamb person, but this may just change my mind! Judging from the amazing comments...you really hit it out of the ball park with this one! Very, VERY nicely done!

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  20. Love that lamb stew, and BTW I am loving you new photographs

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  21. Looks very good, I love lamb stews!
    I might try this veriation sometime!

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  22. very sexy presentation of the lamb..

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