Vij’s Marinated Lamb Popsicles with Fenugreek Cream Curry


Ben requested me to make a dish from Vij’s which he enjoyed a lot. It is the Marinated Lamb Popsicles with Fenugreek Cream Curry. It’s easy to source the recipe as a search for it returned many links to the recipe. I got this recipe from http://cookingresources.suite101.com.

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The first thing Ben commented was that it did not look like popsicle. Well, I did not trim off the meat from the bones as they are nice for chewing. Anyway, none of my boys like it because they dont like meat with bones and they do not like the sourish cream curry.

I also had problem finding the lamb rack. It took me 3 hours to look for the lamb rack after visiting 7 stores. The 1.8 lbs of lamb rack costs $22. I halve the recipe as it’s way too much for my family of 4. Even that, I find that the recipe for the cream curry is way too much as there is a lot of left over. Half of the recipe will be more than enough.

This recipe yields 30 medium size popsicles for 6 people. The number of popsicles per person depends on the size of the rack of lamb. For larger popsicles, four per person is usually enough.

Ingredients

Marinate for the lamb chop:

  • 4 lbs French cut racks of lamb, in chops
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup grainy yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Ingredients for Cream Curry:

  • 4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried green fenugreek leaves (known as “kasuri methi”)
  • 60 ml or 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 60 ml or 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons packed finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

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Instructions

Marinated-Lamb-Popsicles-2-300x200Combine the lamb chops with all the ingredients for the marinade in a ziplock bag. Seal and set aside in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
Marinated-Lamb-Popsicles-4-300x200In a large bowl, mix the whipping cream, salt, paprika, cayenne, fenugreek flakes and lemon juice.
Marinated-Lamb-Popsicles-6-300x200In a medium size pot, saute the garlic in canola oil on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the garlic in golden.Stir in the turmeric, and cook for 1 minute.
Marinated-Lamb-Popsicles-7-300x200Add the cream mixture, stir and heat on low to medium heat for about five minutes, or until it is gently boiling.
Marinated-Lamb-Popsicles-8-300x200To prepare the lamb, preheat a stove-top cast iron grill or an outside barbeque to high heat. Grill each side of the lamb chop for 2 to 3 minutes. You can either pour the cream curry over the grilled lamb chops or use the cream curry as a dipping curry for the lamb chops.Prep time: 10 mins.

Marinate time: 2 hours

Cook time: 30 mins

21 thoughts on “Vij’s Marinated Lamb Popsicles with Fenugreek Cream Curry

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  2. Try the Home Hardware on Fraser Street. They have loads of cookwares on sale all the time. It’s a cheap place to get kitchen essentials.

    • Agree, they do have a lot of bargains. But beware, a lot of their merchandise are “so-so” quality so unless you’ve done some price comparisons, don’t make too many impulsive decisions.

  3. Wow, so many cookware experts here. I know Lodge and LC are the “best”, but Kitchen Aid is supposed to be a good brand too?

    I had been looking for a dutchoven, and saw one by Kitchen Aid on sale at Cdn Tire last weekend. I paid $79 for a 5qt enamel coated one(down from $150). It has the dimples on the inside of the lid to help baste your food. Was it a good deal?

    Suanne, I agree with you- I wouldn’t trim the ends either for a family meal. Seems like a waste of meat and flavour.

    • Most of these pans are now Chinese or Thai made and I suspect of similar quality. Kitchen Aid is made in Thailand according to Google. Lodge is made in the US, if that matters to you. My favourite kitchen implement in my old Lodge 8″ cast iron skillet.

      Ikea has a similar 5qt pan with a dimpled lid (an idea pioneered by Staub) for only $49…Inexpensive and probably just as good from a practical standpoint.

      • Marike,

        I soooooo wished Santa Claus to bring me a Le Creuset dutch oven a couple years ago, after buying myself a couple cookbooks on stewing and braising. But at $400-ish for a 5-6 quart capacity, even he couldn’t afford it. Luckily my wife later bought me a Chinese “no-name” brand from Cookworks for around $60. I have to say, it’s worked very well for me.

      • Thanks fmed. I read somewhere online that the Ikea versions were also made in France and had very similar construction to eithere LC or Staub (i.e. same manufacturer, but non-branded version??). Could be wrong though.

        That’s right, LotusRapper, Santa is not a rich man these days. Though I was lucky enough to receive a KitchenAid mixer last xmas. He must have been saving up a looong time for that. 😉

      • It used to be made in France and was rumoured to be made by Staub, but a couple of years ago, they switched to a Chinese manufacturer. The one I have is French (I also have a Staub). But my friend who bought one recently has a Chinese made one.

      • Hi Marike,

        Kitchenware is often a LOT cheaper south of the line, even at regular prices. With the loonie at US$0.98 right now, it’s worth going down and catching a good sale at The Bon or Seattle Premium Outlets (Le Creuset and Calphalon each has a store there). Or if you go into Seattle, I recommend University Village Mall (just east of UW campus) where there’s a Crate & Barrel and a Williams & Sonoma.

        And remember to pick up a big brick of fromage on your way back ……

  4. For best deals on quality cookware, I usually shop food equipment (ie: restaurant supplies) stores. A few comes to mind:

    – Russell Food Equip
    – Paragon
    – Dunlevy
    – Vancouver Used Food Equip Warehouse
    – Gourmet Warehouse

    They sell equipment to restaurant and hotel kitchens …. so if it’s good ’nuff for their staff it’s good ’nuff for me.

    • I live close to Russel and have been there many times. It’s a “fun” place for avid cooks. Another place I highly recommend is Tinland in Chinatown and their sister operation Attison Food in Richmond. You get the best of both worlds – inexpensive Western and Chinese restaurant gear.

  5. You don’t really need a cast iron grill for this. You can use a cast iron frying pan. The cheapest place to get it is at the Salvation Army. If you want a brand new one – Ikea.

    I’ve made this recipe many times. I’m glad to see you didn’t totally French cut the lamb (which involves removing the meat from the “stick” part of the “lollipop”. It always seemed like a waste of meat to me – despite the elegant presentation).

    BTW, the Fenugreek sauce works with other meats as well. Try it with simple chicken, beef, or pork skewers.

    • The best brand of cast iron cookware is Lodge. They sell it in many places. It lasts forever, so you can even check ebay. I have gotten Lodge pans for the least amount of money at Walmart. I don’t think IKEA has cast iron cookware.

      Their new pre-seasoned line called “Lodge Logic” works well. With cast-iron cookware, the fat used in cooking fills the pores in the metal (or something like that). When you bring home a new pan, coat it with oil and bake for several hours to get it started. After using the pan, wash it in very hot water WITH NO SOAP. The soap gets in the pores and removes the seasoning. Dry the pan after washing by putting it back on the burner. This keeps rust from forming.

      Cooking on cast iron is good for you, as it increases the iron in your food. It sounds like some trouble to take care of, but once you start using it, it is no big deal. You can bake in cast iron in addition to using it over direct heat. I keep my griddle in the oven as the mass keeps the oven temperature more even when the door is opened and closed.

      • Ikea has two kinds of cast iron – one is a Le Creuset- type clone called “Senior” which has an enamel coating. They perform just as well as my Le Creusets and my Staubs. The frying pans are only coated on the outside sides. The disadvantage is that the frying pan has a wooden sleeve on the handle which makes it inappropriate for in-oven cooking. For that I use my Lodge (which I bought at the Salvation Army).

        The others are called “Bravera” which is a square cast iron pan ($12.99) and a “Favorit” ($39.99) which is a rectangular grill pan that looks a lot like a baking pan.

        But, honestly, check the Sally Ann first…for two reasons: the pans are very cheap and usually well seasoned; and the old Lodge pans have a smooth cooking surface. The new ones have a slight stipple to them. (They changed their manufacturing process a number of years ago). The old ones are superior, IMO.

        $0.02

      • Correction: The Senior has an enameled interior. So scratch that. The Bravera is uncoated cast iron.

  6. Funny thing: I went to Vij’s for the first time ever and ordered the lamb popsicles. Love them, and the next day, my dining partner forwarded me a recipe she saw in that day’s Vancouver Sun. Working with lamb–I don’t cook much meat anyways–looks like such a bother so I thought I would use some other meat… or tofu… even at the risk of ruining the dish.

    Where did you buy the fenugreek leaves? Did you have to buy a big package? It’s a bit of a deterrent to me for making this recipe!

    • I made this dish 2 years ago and it very tasty. I used a rack of lamb for the “chops”. And we have extra sauce and we used it for roast pork tenderloin after.

      I bought the fenugreek leaves from a East Indian grocery store on No. 5 and Cambie in Richmond. It took them a while to find the package for me. It’s in a small box. May be I can take a picture of it and post it somewhere.

    • Hi wyn, I bought the fenugreek leaves from Galloway’s. It’s $2.99 for 50g and it’s quite a big package. I have not use it other than the lamb popsicles recipe, 🙂

  7. Hi, I love your blog. I check it religiously daily!!

    Just wanted to let you know that T&T Supermarket sells new zealand lamb racks for $9.99. They come marinated with rosemary, but it’s not strong so I usually just add my own seasoning to it too. I just saw them yesterday at T&T for that price. You can look for it in the meats area, they’re packaged in green :)They’re great for a quick dinner and they come trimmed too!

    Lorna

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