الحمد لله my Eid-ul-Fitr was fantastic. It was the weekend that day and and hence all my loved ones were at home to be able to celebrate the joyous day with each other.
Dum ki Raan
I had prepared Dum Ki Raan for dinner on Eid-ul-Fitr. I had a few guests coming and الحمد لله we all enjoyed the meal. I was not able to take a picture of the garnished meat platter, as I had guests. My recipe is simple and ‘simply lip-smacking’, as complimented by those who tasted it. Marinating the leg of lamb overnight is very essential. Yogurt, ginger-garlic paste and lemon juice help tenderize the meat.
Dum Ki Raan – Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Leg of Lamb – around 1.4 kg/3 lb (you can also use leg of Spring lamb, or Baby Lamb)
Yogurt/Dahi – 1 cup
Ginger-Garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice – 4 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
1. Wash and pat dry the leg of lamb thoroughly. Remove most of the visible fat and skin from lamb. You can also ask your butcher to do so. Using a knife, make pockets and diagonal gashes on both sides. In a non-metallic flat dish or a zip-lock bag large enough to fit the leg of lamb, mix all the ingredients except the leg of lamb. Place the leg of lamb into the bowl and rub the marinade into the pockets and the gashes. Turn the leg of lamb, and rub the marinade on the other side also. Cover the dish with a plastic wrap or a tight lid and let it marinate in the refrigerator overnight. If possible, turn the leg of lamb in the marinade once after a while.
2. The next day, pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Transfer the leg of lamb with all the marinade to a large roasting pan with high walls. Cover the pan tightly with aluminium foil and place it in the center rack of the pre-heated oven for 1 hour. After an hour, gently turn the leg of lamb and baste it with its own juices. Cover and place the roasting pan in the oven once again to cook for an another 1 hour. Later, give the leg of lamb an another turn and cover and let cook for a furthur half an hour until the meat is so tender that it falls off the bone and has absorbed all the delicious flavors.
3. Remove the pan from the oven but do not remove the aluminium foil. Let it sit on a rack on the countertop for more half an hour. Later, remove the foil, and using a fork and knife, remove the meat into a bowl and discard the bones. Using a flat wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan and add it to the meat. Mix thoroughly and cut the larger pieces of meat into smaller pieces.
4. To serve, garnish, with lemon wedges, onion rings, lettuce leaves, tomato slices, baby carrots, chopped fresh cilantro and mint leaves and serve the meat warm in a platter. Enjoy.