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Author Notes: Kebabs are served at three award winning Indian restaurants in London – The Cinnaman Club, Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise and Cinnamon Soho
This tender lamb kebab is famed for its melt-in-the-mouth texture, the result of including a small amount of raw papaya or pineapple to tenderise the meat. Once this was essential to mask the poor quality for the meat used, but, today, with good-quality meat, this recipe lets you appreciate the fine fixture. When you mince the meat three times you have a really tender version, but if you mince it ten more times, you have a paste so fine you can simply serve it on brioche!
Main set of Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons Ghee or Vegetable Oil
- 500 grams lean boneless leg of lamb, minced at least 3 times
- 4 tablespoons dried-fried onions
- 2 tablespoons fried cashew paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red chilli powder
- 1 pinch saffron, soaked in 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon of pureed or pounded pineapple (or 1 tablespoon pineapple juice)
- 4 drops of rose water or kewra water
- 1 large banana leaf, cut into 15-20cm long strips
For the spice mix
- 8 cloves
- 4 green cardamom pods
- seeds of 1 black cardamom pod
- 1 blade of mace
- 1/8 nutmeg, pounded
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- To make the spice mix, set aside 6 cloves and transfer the remainder to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Add the remaining ingredients and grind into a fine powder, then set aside.
- Heat half the ghee or vegetable oil in a small pan, and when it reaches smoking point add the 6 reserved cloves.
- Once they have started to smoke, after about 30 seconds, remove the pan from the heat and set aside for the ghee to cool.
- Put the minced meat in a mixing bowl and add the spice mix and all the remaining ingredients, except the rosewater and banana leaf, and mix together well. Add the clove-infused oil, but not the cloves, and mix together again. Chill the mixture for 10 minutes.
- Take the chilled mince out of the fridge, add the remaining tablespoon of ghee and the rosewater and mix together thoroughly. Return the mixture to the fridge for 15 minutes
- Heat the banana leaf strips in a hot heavy-based frying pan, or in the microwave for 30 seconds, until they are soft and pliable.
- Shape the minced meat into 12 equal patties, each about 4 cm in diameter. Wrap each patty in a piece of banana leaf and brush with oil. Grill over a hot barbecue for 2-3 minutes on each side, starting with the joint side down.
- Alternatively, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil in a heavy-based frying pan. Add the patties and cook over a low heat for 1-2 minutes on each side, until they are well cooked. Remove them from the pan and drain well on kitchen paper.
- Voila ! You are ready to serve your family Galouti Kebabs this Christmas !