Lamb curry empanadas

  • For the curry oil
  • 180ml vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 whole red chillis, crushed
  • For the empanadas
  • 75g raisins
  • 80ml rum
  • 180ml Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp curry oil, recipe below
  • 150g onions
  • 1 tsp diced, seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 225g 80/20 lamb mince
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • 4 tsp pine nuts, roasted
  • For the dough
  • 420g plain flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp shortening
  • 60ml water
  • 2 eggs
1) Make the curry oil by combining all the ingredients and bringing the entire mixture to a simmer for two minutes. Strain and allow to cool.

2) Add the raisins to the rum; set aside to marinate for 10 minutes. Add half the raisins and 1 tbsp of the curry oil to the Greek yogurt. Mix and set aside for one hour.

3) Meanwhile make the dough: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the shortening into the flour and mix until crumbled, then mix in the water and eggs. Knead for 10 minutes, then cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes before rolling out.

4) In a medium saute pan, heat the remaining three tablespoons of oil. Add the onions, jalapeno, ginger and lamb and cook until the lamb is cooked through.

5) To the lamb mixture, add all the other empanada ingredients, along with the remaining rum-soaked raisins. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

6) On a floured cutting board, roll out dough to 1/2cm and use a pastry cutter or knife to cut out 12cm diameter disks.

7) Add one tablespoon of the lamb mixture to each disk of dough. Fold the dough over and seal the edges firmly with a thumb. Repeat the process to make all the empanadas.

8) Place the empanadas on a greaseproof paper lined baking sheet and bake at 180°C / gas mark 4 for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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