Lamb Saag

During middle school and high school, one of my best friends was Indian. Every time I’d go to her house, her family would offer to feed me.  They always had curries, saags, goat, everything you’d ever want and they were excellent cooks! My mom really doesn’t like curry so Indian food was never and option in my house. She never cooked it and never went to Indian restaurants. So for me, the only time I’d get to eat it, was at my friend’s house. Growing up where goat wasn’t a regular protein, I thought everything they cooked was weird and never ate anymore then rice and bread. What a damn fool I was! My husband has always loved Indian food and naturally when we started dating he’d try to introduce me to Indian food. But I would have nothing to do with it. I flat out wouldn’t try it. It wasn’t until we went to New York, which was a place I’ve always wanted to go since I’m obsessed with Broadway shows. I talked my husband into seeing one show with me, but I couldn’t talk him into another. The other show I really wanted to see was “A Christmas Story”, the undisputed best Christmas movie of all time, at least to me. My husband on the other hand, can’t stand the movie so he flat out refused to see it, his loss! The leg lamp kick line was magic! Thankfully my husbands cousin lived in town, so her and I went and it was amazing! When it toured and was showing in Seattle the following year, I obviously had to see it again, but I digress. After the show we were looking for some where to eat and she had suggested Indian. Knowing I’d probably not like it based on not ever having it, I for some crazy reason agreed. We went to her favorite place in the upper west side and it was amazing! When my husband was done doing whatever he was doing and wanting to come meet us, he was shocked and angry that we were at an Indian place. Up to this point he had been trying to make me try Indian cuisine for 8 years! When we got back home to Seattle, I was actually craving some butter chicken. We found the most amazing restaurant that had a lunch buffet and it was there that I ventured in and fell in love with Indian food. Now when my old friend from school invites me to her family parties, I eat like I haven’t eaten in days, and hang around hoping for left overs. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to go out for Indian which is why I crated this recipe, but to make it even better it can be a crockpot recipe for those nights that I’m just too busy after school to cook.

Lamb Saag 1Lamb Saag                                                                                                                                       Yield 4-6 servings

1 pound Lamb leg, largely cubed. (I used little T-Bones from our own lambs in the picture)

1 big bag of frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1/2 a big Onion, diced

2in piece of Ginger, skinned and minced

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 Tomatoes, diced

2t Cumin

2t Graham Marsala

1t Tumeric

1t Chili Powder

1t Chili Flakes

Salt and Pepper

2c Chicken Stock

*crock pot alternate

Step One:  In a big heavy bottom pot with the heat on medium high season the lamb with salt and pepper and brown on all sides with some oil, once browned remove from the pan.

Step Two: Turn the heat down to medium/low and sweat the onion until tender.

Step Three:  Add all the spices and sauté for a minute.

*At this point you can add everything into a crockpot

Step Four:  Add the tomatoes and cook the tomatoes down for 10 minutes or until they are so cooked down that it’s almost just mush.

*Just add the tomatoes to the crockpot, no need to cook down

Step Five:  Add the spinach and return the lamb to the pot.

Step Six:  Add chicken stock and simmer for 90 minutes.

*Or cook in a crock pot on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Serve with rice and naan garnish with cilantro.

Lamb Saag pin

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