Cumin Lamb Stir-Fry​​

by Nisha Jeelani

Cumin Lamb Stir-Fry

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cooking Time :25 minutes

Serving Size :4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Author: Melissa Clark


o 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds

o 2 teaspoons Sichuan or regular peppercorns

o 1 pound boneless lamb

o 1 teaspoon ground cumin

o ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

o 4 to 8 dried red chilies (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon or more crushed red pepper)

o 1 large white onion

o 1 bunch (about 8) scallions, trimmed

o 2 tablespoons peanut oil

o 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

o 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

o 1 tablespoon vinegar

o 2 cups fresh cilantro, leaves and stems

o Rice, for serving


Step 1

In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast cumin seeds and peppercorns until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and crush lightly.

Step 2

Slice meat across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick strips. Toss meat with crushed spices, ground cumin, salt and dried chilies.

Step 3

Peel onion and halve it through the root end. Trim the ends and cut each half lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Cut white and light green parts of scallions into 2-inch lengths. Thinly slice scallion greens; keep separate.

Step 4

Heat a very large skillet or wok over high heat until screaming hot, about 5 minutes. Add oil. Toss in onion and the scallion bottoms. Cook, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are lightly charred but still crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Step 5

Add lamb and chilies to skillet. Cook, tossing quickly, until meat begins to brown. Add garlic, soy sauce and vinegar. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and lamb is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Toss in onions and scallion bottoms. Remove from heat and mix in cilantro and scallion greens. Serve hot, over rice.


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