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Royal Leg of Lamb

Key info

  • Difficulty
    › Intermediate
  • Prep time
    › N/A
  • Cook time
    › 3 hrs
  • Serves
    › 6

Ingredients

For the lamb:

  • 1.5kg leg of lamb
  • 5 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil, plus more for the tray
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted
  • 2 tbsp chopped  mint leaves

For the first marinade:

  • 1 tbsp white poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds, plus more to serve
  • 1–2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 2 onions, cut into chunks
  • 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 6cm piece of root ginger, chopped
  • 6 green chillies
  • 6 tbsp chopped  coriander leaves and stalks, plus more to serve
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt

For the second marinade:

  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 300g Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp saffron threads, steeped in 3 tbsp hot milk for 10 minutes

For the spice mix:

  • 3 star anise
  • 3-4 blades of mace
  • 2-3 cassia barks or cinnamon sticks
  • 8-10 green cardamom pods
  • 3 black cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

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