Spicy cumin lamb stir-fry (孜然羊肉)

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

I just realized that I haven’t yet written any recipes using lamb on my blog. Growing up in North-west of China, I enjoyed many lamb delicacies produced by Chinese muslim communities. Today I’d like to share one of the dishes which is very simple to make and truly delectable: Spicy cumin lamb stir-fry (孜然羊肉).

For me, cumin is the best spice to pair with lamb. It has a distinctive flavour and aroma which helps to mask (or reduce) the smell of lamb. Chilli is another spice that makes lamb dishes pungent and exciting. Spicy cumin lamb stir-fry presents a well balanced combination of these three ingredients. It’s a dish that seldom fails to impress.

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

Apart from appealing taste, a pleasant texture is also an important factor in a well produced dish. So I’d like to share two tips on how to achieve the perfect texture for spicy cumin lamb stir-fry.

• Keep the lamb tender. Nothing is worse than a plate of chewy meat. To achieve tenderness, you need to follow 3 steps: 1. Choose a tender cut of lamb. Leg steak is the best choice. 2. Marinate the meat with a little cornstarch. 3. Fry over a high heat for a short period of time.

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

• Keep the dish dry. Unlike most Chinese stir-fry dishes, you don’t see any sauce in this lamb dish. In fact, the finished lamb should be coated with spices and look pretty dry. This is why you need to fry the lamb twice. The first time, you will see quite a lot of liquid coming out of the lamb. Discard before frying the second time.

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

 

Finally, a serving suggestion: Traditionally, spicy cumin lamb stir-dry is served with other savoury dishes and plain rice as staple. However, I sometimes serve it as a filling for flatbread, just like my alternative way to serve Twice-cooked pork.

Spicy cumin lamb stir-fry (孜然羊肉)
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4 servings

Spicy cumin lamb stir-fry (孜然羊肉)

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

Ingredients

  • 600g lamb, diced (preferably leg steak)
  • For the marinade
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • You also need
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes (or to taste)
  • 3 fresh chilli, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds(for garnishing, optional)

Instructions

  1. Place diced lamb into a mixing bowl. Add soy sauce, rice wine, cumin powder and cornstarch. Mix until the lamb is evenly coated with the sauce. Leave to marinate for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat up a wok (or a deep frying pan) over a high heat. Pour in oil then stir in the lamb. Cook until no raw pieces can be seen on the surface. Transfer the meat to a plate (discard all the liquid).
  3. Wipe the wok dry. Fry cumin seeds and chilli flakes until fragrant. Stir in the lamb and fresh chilli. Add salt and sugar. Fry for about 1 minute. Sprinkle coriander over. Give everything a quick stir then dish out. Garnish with sesame seeds if you wish (see note).

Notes

This dish is usually served with plain rice, along with other savoury dishes. You may also use it as a filling for flatbread.

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Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

Aromatic and pungent, spicy cumin lamb stir-fry is a dish that seldom fails to impress. This recipe offers two tricks to obtain the perfect texture.

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