Photography by: Zee Nunes (Left) and Bernadette Mira (Right)
Here it is everyone! Like I said, I aim to please. Today’s recipe is representing those spicy dishes. The type of dishes where your tongue starts to tingle and you feel a tear roll down your cheek. This is also the type of dish that I hope Jourdan Dunn herself would approve of. It’s Italian meets Indian meets Thai meets Jamaican and probably a bunch of different cultures mixed together!
The photo taken by the ever so great Zee Nunes blew me away. I didn’t think Jourdan Dunn could get any cooler, but she’s rocking a kick ass afro! She’s representing the curly girls and natural girls. I love it! Jourdan’s outfit and her personal tastes inspired me to create a dish featuring homemade pasta and a spicy curry dish, that I’m sure she would enjoy eating.
Enough with the talk, here’s…
Spicy Lamb Curry
Marinade for lamb-
1 pound of cubed lamb
1/2 cup of whole milk yogurt or greek yogurt
1 tsp. of turmeric powder
1 tbsp. of yellow curry powder
1/2 tsp. of crushed mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. of red chili flakes
1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
1/4 tsp. of ginger powder
sea salt to sprinkle
1 can of Thai Kitchen coconut milk
half of a finely diced onion
3 finely minced garlic cloves
2 tbsp. of fresh ginger grated
2-3 diced Jamaican hot peppers (more if you want more spicy-ness)
1/2 tsp. of black peppercorn or black pepper
3 tbsp. of yellow curry powder
1-2 tbsp. of turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. of onion powder
1/4 tsp. of garlic powder
1/4 tsp. of coriander
1 tsp. of ground mustard seeds
1 tsp. of red chili flakes
Fresh chopped basil or Thai basil
splash of lime juice
Homemade pasta (The recipe I used wasn’t great, so I suggest using packaged pasta or rice. If you feel up to the challenge, try making homemade pasta. I hope you find a good recipe.)
Dutch oven or big pot to store curry
Plastic gloves (to cut hot peppers if you want to be extra cautious)
Cook’s notes: Here is the correct way to chop hot peppers.
1. Prepare the lamb to marinate over night or for at least 6 hours.
2. If lamb doesn’t come prepared into cubes, cut into even sliced cubes.
3. In a small bowl combine the spices to the yogurt. Stir until well combined.
4. Add the diced lamb into the marinade sauce. Coat until completely covered.
5. In a ziplock bag, store the marinade lamb in the fridge over night or for at least six hours.
6. Next day or day of, bring olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven to a simmer. Then add the marinade lamb to the pot.
7. Next we will start the ‘browning’ process. (Well, that’s what I like to call it.) The lamb will need to be cooked on both sides to get a nice, caramelized brown on each side. Periodically check each side to get the desired brown you want.
8.Once brown, with a heat thermometer, check the lamb’s temperature making sure it reaches to 145 or above. (I allowed mine to get to 160)
9. Once it reaches a safe temperature, remove the meat and set aside in a small bowl.
10. On medium heat add more olive oil to the pot. Then add diced onion, garlic, ginger and hot peppers. Stir every now and then until the onions become translucent. Once translucent add the ground spices and stir well until combined.
11. Next, add the lamb back into the pot along with the coconut milk. Stir and cover on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Or until your pasta or rice is done cooking.
Enjoy on top of rice, store-bought pasta or homemade pasta!! Add basil to top and a splash of lime to brighten the dish. Be sure to keep a glass of milk near by or bread if you can’t handle the spice!
Photo by. Bernadette Mira