Rice with lamb, carrot, cumin and raisins

Rice with lamb, carrot, cumin and raisins

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From
The Real Food of China
Serves
6
Photographer
Leanne Kitchen

If this sounds suspiciously Central Asian, it’s because it comes from Xinjiang, where food is heavily influenced by the surrounding ‘Stans’. This part of China is on the old Silk Route, with ingredients and influences historically coming from places like Persia, which is most likely the ultimate origin of this dish. Raisins are a common ingredient in these parts — Xinjiang is a huge grape-growing area. You find dishes like this all over China in Uyghur and Hui (ethnic Chinese) Muslim areas.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
600g boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed
650g carrots
60ml vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
400g long-grain rice
60g raisins
580ml Chicken stock
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the lamb into 1 cm pieces and set aside. Peel the carrots, then cut into thick matchsticks (alternatively, coarsely grate the carrots).
  2. Heat half of the oil in a large ovenproof saucepan or flameproof casserole dish over a medium–high heat, then add the lamb and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes, or until browned all over. Remove to a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining oil to the pan, reduce the heat to medium, then add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes, or until the onion has softened slightly. Add the cumin seeds, rice and raisins and stir to combine well. Add the carrots and stock, bring to the boil, then cover the pan tightly and transfer to the oven. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender, then remove the pan from the oven and set aside, covered, for 10–15 minutes for the rice to cook through. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper before serving.
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