Spiced lamb with lentil and roasted cauliflower

I made this lentil and roasted cumin cauliflower before although as a combine dish – you’ll find it in my recipe list under July 2017.  So for anyone who would like to have a delicious vegetarian meal just add some mixed greens to the final dish – bok choy and spring greens were my choice today.

And for those eating meat, this lamb loin was tender and delicious, the marinade a real winner. I based it on a very old recipe from the Bathers Pavillion in Sydney decades ago but changed the ingredients as I didn’t want palm sugar, peanut oil or green peppers.
I had fun in the kitchen making it ‘mine’.  See what you think!

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 Ingredients for two servings:

Spice paste:

3 small red onions, roughly chopped
4 cm piece of fresh ginger, roughly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, pressed
1-2  red chilli, chopped.  The amount is up to you!
1 1/2 tbs fish sauce
70 ml olive and sesame oils
handful of chopped coriander

2 lamb loins, approx 150 g pp


To make the spice marinade, peel, chop and press all the solid ingredients into a bowl with the oils and fish sauce.  Blend to a find paste and rub generously over the lamb loins.  Set aside for at least 4 hours – best to marinate overnight.

Heat some oil or ghee in a pan and sear the lamb loins for about 5 minutes on each side.  Place into an oven-safe dish in the rest of the marinade – I added some broth to this as I was concerned it would dry out and wanted to avoid it ‘catching’, plus I wanted some more sauce to pour over the lentils.

You can roast the cumin cauliflower at the same time, 20-25 minutes.  Both the veg and the lamb came out perfect.
Cut the loins into slices and plate up – and pour what’s left of the marinade on top, voila!

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