Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Lamb Chektyrma - Olympic Food Challenge : Turkmenistan
Is this a traditional Turkmenian dish? I hope so, but if there happens to be any Turkmenians reading, you will let me know, won't you?
Anyway, this soup was rather amazing, light and summery, which was a surprise as cooking it involved no finesse, just boiling the hell out of some lamb until it surrendered...
450g Lamb Chops
4 Medium Onions
2tsp Garlic Puree
250g Green Beans
1/4tsp Saffron Strands
1tbsp Smoked Paprika
1tsp Fresh Mint
1. Heat 1 litre of water in a large pan. Place the lamb chops into it and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours.
2. Soak the tomatoes in boiling water, then remove the skins, chop and de-seed.
3. Add the chopped onions, tomatoes, mint, garlic, saffron and paprika to the pan and cook over a high heat for a further 30 minutes.
4. Let the soup cool completely. Remove the lamb chops and flake the mean from the bones and return it to the pan, along with the green beans.
5. Bring the soup back to the boil, simmer for another 10 minutes and then serve, garnished with fresh chopped mint. Enjoy!