Lamb paprika with spiced rice

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

Method

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
300ml water
25g butter
1 scant tsp salt
1-2 tsp cumin seed
5-6 cardamom pods
generous handful of raisins

Method

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.

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15 Responses to Lamb paprika with spiced rice

  1. We’re making rice tonight and I can’t wait. I wish we had a little lamb to go with it…Looks delicious, Kath.

  2. Not too long ago, me just stepping into the kitchen was cause for alarm. But it passed. Glad to see you’ve got your making-dinner mojo back, and what a delicious dinner to start with!

  3. Aah, the all too familiar missing mojo.
    Lovely sounding recipe, although I think my husband would flick the raisins to one side.
    :-) Mandy

  4. Maybe Mr OC needed a reminder that he’s very lucky to have someone with such excellent cooking skills. It’s probably all that rain! Anyway, hope you are indeed back on form for good again – I’m sure you are.

  5. Kath – what is mojo anyway – I keep hearing that people are missing it?

  6. Kath-I love lamb, and this recipe looks absolutely delicious, mucho mojo—cardamom in the rice!! and, kind thanks for visiting my blog. Cheers! Nancy

  7. I wondered where you were! I kept popping in. It happened to me earlier and it took time before I got round to doing things. I cooked and couldn’t be bothered to blog and what I cooked wasn’t worth the effort of blogging. maybe it is the weather… maybe we just get tired and have too much to do? Doesn’t matter, though, we all seem to recover from it!
    Oh… and I LOOOOVE the lamb paprika! (Which is handy as I have the remains of a leg of lamb from yesterday!)

    • Hi Wendy,
      I have just found your comment in my spam folder – the cheeky little folder! The summer holidays have been very busy and I hope that I will be able to get back to posting more regularly now the schools are starting back. Thank you for your kind comment. Kath

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