Lamb With Butter Beans

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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150 gram butter beans washed, soaked overnight in plenty of cold water (OR 14 oz can of butterbeans, drained and washed.)
600 milliliter cold water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt or to taste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
2 teaspoons garlic paste
5 tablespoons cooking oil
2 medium onions -- finely chopped
2 medium dried red chillies -- up to 3
2 pieces cinnamon sticks -- each2 inch long, broken
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder or to taste
1 kilogram leg or shoulder of lamb -- fat trimmed and cut into 1.25 inch cubes
2 tablespoons tomato puree
2 whole black cardamoms -- split open the top
6 whole cloves
175 milliliter warm water
1/2 medium half a lemon -- juice of
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Preparation / Directions:

Spice Paste: Make a paste of the Paste ingredients by adding 3 tbsp water. Butter beans: Put the cold water and the butter beans in a sauce and bring the liquid to the boil. Partially cover the pan and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes. Now cover the pan tightly and simmer the beans for about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and keep aside. Heat oil over medium heat and add the onions, red chillies and cinnamon sticks. Stir and fry until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and stir and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the spice paste, adjust heat to low, stir and fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Lamb: Add the meat, turn heat up to medium-high and fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the tomato puree then add cardamoms, cloves and warm water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer until the meat is tender, 55-60 minutes. If using fresh butter beans add them, and the liquid in which they were cooked. Bring the liquid to the boil, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes. For canned butter beans simply add and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice and coriander leaves. Serve with plain boiled rice or plain fried rice or Naan, Tandoori Roti etc.

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