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Lamb-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Spicy Lamb, Nepali Style

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. minced lean lamb
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 3 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 3 fresh red chilies, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup paneer cheese, roughly grated
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 large head fresh cabbage
  • Salt to taste

For sauce:

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 in. ginger
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 cup rich lamb broth water
  • 2 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon jwanu (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons green onions for garnish.

Cooking Instructions:

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except cabbage. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate for I hour. In the mean time, core the head of cabbage, boil in salted water till soft. Separate into leaves, and keep in ice-cold water. Remove the thick veins if necessary. Spread a cabbage leaf on cutting board, place two tablespoons of filling, fold sides, and roll up. Hold the loose end of the leaf with small bamboo sticks. Repeat with other leaves. Rub butter generously on the stuffed rolls and stack in a steamer. Steam till the stuffing is cooked through, about 8-10 min. Transfer the steamed rolls to a large plate.

For sauce, in a non-stick sauce pan heat two tablespoons of clarified butter, splitter mustard seeds. Add onions and sauté till brown. Add garlic, ginger and chili powder, and fry for a minute over low heat. Add tomatoes, broth, jwanu and salt and pepper. Simmer the tomato mixture until the sauce thickens, about 15 min. Transfer the stuffed cabbage rolls to the sauce and heat through, frequently turning, about 10 min. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve with roti (flat bread) and tomato achar.

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