NOTE: you need to start the day before you want to serve it.
The meat becomes very tender when marinaded and cooked this way.
If there are leftovers, blend the marinade and juices assembled in the pan, dice the meat and add , to make a lamb curry. When reheated the meat becomes even more tender.
A 3-3.5 kg leg of lamb (in Berlin easiest found in Turkish supermarkets or butchers).
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 heaped tblsp coriander seeds
1 heaped tsp black pepper corns
Seeds from 6 cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks (Ceylon or Sri Lanka – NOT cassia)
3 dl yoghurt
8-10 garlic cloves
8-10 cm fresh ginger
150 g ground almonds
Juice of 1 lemon
Chili – any way, shape or form, whatever you have in the house, and to taste
2 tsp salt
The day before you want to serve the dish, cut deep slashes in the meat on all sides.
Grind the spices. Blitz the ginger and garlic in a small food processor with a bit of water.
Mix all ingredients together and rub all over the meat and into every cut and cranny. Put in a solid plastic bag suitable for storing food, or a snugly fitting bowl and cover. Refrigerate over night.
Preheat oven to 180 Celcius. Place lamb in a deep baking tray. Add about 1.5 dl water to the bottom of the pan. Bake for 2.5 to 3 hours.