Ginger's Lamb Vadouvan Chili

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Author Notes: Yesterday my fans were all gathered in my kitchen cooking and eating and talking (a lot of talking!) and occasionally feeding me. That was fun! They were talking a LOT about about chili, and what they should make. It sounded like they needed some help so I sent a mind meld to my mom (aargersi) and her friend (hardlikearmour). Even though humans can be simple at times, I managed to get through to them, and they implemented my idea of a Indian style lamb chili. There was a lot of "ooh yum" and "yeah I think this is good" going on. Then they said I couldn't have any because it was too spicy! Have I mentioned humans are simple? I will see if I can show someone how to take a photo soon ....Ginger's Kitchen

Food52 Review: Most chili recipes made with lamb sound a lot better than they turn out, as even the most robust chilies do not marry well with lamb in a traditional chili. Ginger's Lamb Vadouvan Chili is a happy exception. Woof! The Fenugreek, cardamom and nutmeg not only add a bright burst of flavor, but act as a mediator between the lamb and the chilies, resulting in a pretty "doggone" good bowl of red! Two paws up! wssmom

Serves a good pot of chili

Vadouvan Spice

  • 2 tablespoons cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seed
  • 2 teaspoons white peppercorns
  • 8 pods green cardamom - seeds removed (chuck the pod part)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Toast all of the spices except the nutmeg in a pot or skillet. You will know they are done when they smell rich and toasty but not burnt.
  2. Grind all of the spices, and stir in the nutmeg.

Vadouvan Lamb Chili

  • 3 pounds lamb shoulder - trimmed and cut into 1" cubes
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large yellow onion - peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic - minced or pressed
  • 1 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups low salt chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons spice blend
  • 2 dried ancho chilie - seeds an stems removed
  • 1-2 dried chipotle chilis (depending on your heat love) seeds and stems removed
  1. Grind or finely chop the chilies.
  2. Heat 2 tbs oil in a large heavy pot. Salt and pepper the lamb (about a tsp of each) and brown in the oil - work in batches if necessary and remove to a bowl as you go. Save any juices. When you have finished, add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onions for several minutes until they JUST start to brown, then add in the garlic, and chilis. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add in the tomatoes (with their liquid) and add the meat (with juices) back in. Add 2 tbs of the spice blend and the broth. Allow all of this to simmer for about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally, then taste your spice and salt level and add more if needed.
  3. Put a lid on the pot ajar an allow the chili to simmer (stir occasionally) until the lamb is very tender - ours went about 2 hours. If it need more liquid you can add a bit more broth or a splash of water.
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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Used your vadouvan blend here in this delicious soup, which recently earned (well deserved) CP honors: http://food52.com/recipes... It was a great help on an evening when I didn't get into the kitchen until late, with just an idea and an urgent need for a quick "pantry" dinner. I've never used vadouvan before. There was plenty left over, which I'm looking forward to using again soon! ;o)

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

you two are unstoppable- this looks glorious!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

YUM! And that is what I have to say about that.

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over 2 years ago Midge

Oh man, I bet your kitchen smelled amazing while this was bubbling away. Ginger you are one creative pup.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I'm glad I got to be an honorary member of Ginger's Kitchen! Ginger was very gracious, and her chili idea was fabulous!

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over 2 years ago Ginger's Kitchen

We HAVE to have a meeting when you are here next Dr B!!! Come To The Kitchen!!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Oh what fun! Love ? the spices used, lamb is on my least favorite list...would need to use pork instead :) Thanks for sharing!

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over 2 years ago Ginger's Kitchen

Pork would work just fine - and feed the lamb to the doggies!!!

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I miss you guys! Wish I could have been there to help you/taste this/meet Sarah! xo