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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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