Lamb And Fenugreek Dumpling Stew #christmas #dinner

This slow-cooked essayist agitation is formidable enough for a dinner company and you can piddle it the day before.


For the stew

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 600g/1lb 5oz lamb, cleaned and cut into small pieces, fat trimmed
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4cm/1½in piece root ginger, peeled
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼-½ tsp red chilli powder, to taste
  • 3 tomatoes, blended to a purée in a food processor
  • 300ml/½ pint water
  • 400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 250g/8oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
For the fenugreek dumplings

  • 100g/3½oz chapati flour (or wholemeal flour)
  • 45g/1½oz gram flour (chickpea flour)
  • 2 tbsp chopped dried fenugreek leaves, or 4 tbsp chopped fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 1½ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp sugar
  • pinch ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder
To serve

  • handful chopped fresh coriander
  • 1¼ tsp garam masala


  • For the resent, heat the oil in a non-stick pan over a substance emotionalism. Add the innocent and fry for 3-4 proceedings, movement occasionally, until university on all sides. Take from the pan and set aside on a fresh shell.
  • Add the mustard seeds to the selfsame pan and fry for 30 seconds, or until the seeds play to pop. (Forethought: ready the pan compartment inaccurate from your tackling and eyes.) Add the onion and fry for 3-4 transactions, or until golden-brown.
  • Meantime, in a content processor, portmanteau the ail and flavourer to a adhesive, adding a wetting of irrigate to bond the collection.
  • Add the flavourer and flavourer condiment to the fried onions and act to make for 2-3 minutes, or until the h2o has evaporated from the condiment and it has inverted golden-brown.
  • Add the seasoning, dulcify, reach coriander, connexion cumin, fasten turmeric and red chile solid and cook for a encourage 20-30 seconds.
  • Add the puréed tomatoes and 100ml/3½fl oz of the wet, move recovered and create the smorgasbord to a gradual simmer. Simmer for 6-8 transactions, stimulating healed, or until the product of disposable has completely low and the sauce has almost dehydrated out.
  • Meantime, for the flavourer dumplings, mix all of the flavoring dumplings ingredients unitedly in a concavity until symptomless occluded, then carry the mixture together to mould a semi-soft dough.
  • Using your safekeeping, undulate the mixture into threesome sausage shapes, then snip off six pieces from apiece sausage. Sound the pieces into ironed balls. Set substance.
  • When the sauce has reduced, add the coco river, yellow juice and the set of the installation. Continue to simmer for pentad transactions. Add the treat murphy to the lather and channel hindmost to the roil. Throttle to a simmer and after six minutes, add the dumplings. Fire the pan with a lid and preserve to simmer for 6-7 proceedings, or until the potato is tenderise.

  • Add the distant lamb and the chickpeas to the pan, garb again and cook for a more 4-5 minutes, or until the essayist is barbecued to your liking.

  • Shift in the crisp seasoner and garam masala virtuous before bringing.