Bengal Curry Of Lamb

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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2 1/2 pounds lean lamb shoulder
1/4 teaspoon dried mint -- crushed
1/4 cup butter
2 cups milk
2/3 cup onion -- chopped fine
1/2 cup coconut milk -- (see instructions
3 tablespoons crystallized ginger -- chopped
1/2 cup coconut -- grated
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup lime juice
1/8 teaspoon black pepper -- ground
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons curry powder

Preparation / Directions:

To prepare coconut milk: Remove the shell and the brown inner skin from the meat of a fully ripe coconut. Chop the meat (you may substitute 1 cup of packaged shredded coconut for the chopped coconut meat). Combine the chopped coconut meat with one cup of scalded whole milk. Let stand for 20 minutes. You may also use prepared coconut extract available in Indian and Asian markets. Remove bones and fat from the lamb. Cut the meat into 1" cubes. Melt half the butter in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion. Cook until tender (about 5 minutes). Use a slotted spoon to remove the onion. Set aside. Add the remaining butter to the pan. Brown the lamb cubes on all sides. Return the onion to the pan. Add the ginger, sugar, pepper, salt, curry powder, mint and milk. Mix well. Cover. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Add the coconut milk and grated coconut. Cover. Cook for 5 minutes. Gradually stir in the lime juice. Slowly blend in the cream. Cook over low heat (DON'T LET IT BOIL !) until the lamb is tender (10-15 minutes). Serve over hot, fluffy rice

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