I love the intriguing aroma and flavors of foods cooked in an Indian tandoor oven.
To capture some of these flavors at home, I used a spice seasoned yogurt sauce, using spices easily at hand, ginger, coriander and cayenne pepper.
Although not made in a special oven, the meal fills my requirement for some great Indian food, midweek.
You can use two crushed garlic cloves instead of minced garlic.
You can use two teaspoons ground ginger instead of fresh ginger. Make sure it is less than 6 months old.
To buy: ¾ pound leg of lamb cubes, 1 container Greek-style plain yogurt, 1 small piece fresh ginger, 1 package microwaveable brown rice, 1 bottle ground coriander, 1 bottle cayenne pepper, 1 jar minced garlic, 1 bunch fresh mint, 1 cucumber, 1 container cherry tomatoes.
Staples: olive oil, sugar, salt and black peppercorns.
¾ pound leg of lamb cubes
1 cup nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt, drained
¼ cup fresh mint, divided use
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons ground coriander
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Remove visible fat from lamb. Mix yogurt, 2 tablespoons chopped mint, ginger, coriander, cayenne pepper and sugar together to make a marinade. Divide the marinade in half. Add one half to a separate bowl and set aside. Add the lamb cubes to the remaining half. Stir the lamb to make sure all sides are coated with the marinade. Let marinate for 10 minutes while you make the rice.
After lamb marinates, heat oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet just large enough to hold lamb in one layer. Remove lamb from marinade. Add garlic to the skillet and then the lamb. Brown the lamb for three minutes. Turn and brown for two minutes.
Lower heat to medium. Spoon reserved half of marinade over lamb. Remove from heat and stir to combine sauce with lamb. Divide lamb in half and spoon into two small bowls. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup chopped mint on top.
Yield two servings.
Per serving: 373 calories (38 percent from fat), 15.9 g fat (5.2 g saturated, 6.5 g monounsaturated), 118 mg cholesterol, 45.4 g protein, 11.1 g carbohydrates, 1.9 g fiber, 149 mg sodium.
Cucumber and tomato brown rice
1 package microwavable brown rice to make 1½ cups rice
1 cup cucumber cubes (about ¼ to ½ inch)
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook rice according to package instructions. Measure 1½ cups and set aside the remaining rice for another dinner. Add the olive oil, cucumbers, tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste.
Divide in half and serve with the lamb.
Yield two servings.
Per serving: 229 calories (16 percent from fat), 4 g fat (0.8 g saturated, 1.7 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 5.3 g protein, 43.5 g carbohydrates, 3.9 g fiber, 12 mg sodium.
Linda Gassenheimer is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including her newest, "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook."