¼ teaspoon caraway seeds
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 ounces ancho chiles (about 4)
stemmed and seeded
1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 large garlic cloves,
1 clove mashed to a paste
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
One 3-pound lamb shoulder roast
on the bone
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Freshly ground pepper
Lettuce leaves and warm naan,
1. In a spice grinder, finely grind the caraway, coriander and cumin
seeds. In a microwave-safe bowl, cover the ancho chiles with
water and microwave at high power for 2 minutes. Let cool slightly,
then transfer the softened chiles and 2 tablespoons of the
soaking liquid to a blender. Add the ground spices, paprika,
lemon juice, the 2 whole garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of the olive
oil and 1 tablespoon of salt. Puree the harissa until smooth.
2. Set the lamb in a medium roasting pan and rub ½ cup of
the harissa all over the meat; let stand at room temperature for
2 hours or refrigerate overnight.
3. Preheat the oven to 325°. Add ½ cup of water to the roasting
pan and cover the pan loosely with foil. Roast the lamb for 2½
hours, adding water to the pan a few times to prevent scorching.
Remove the foil and roast for about 2½ hours longer, until the
lamb is very brown and tender; occasionally spoon the pan
juices on top. Let stand for 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt with the
cilantro, mashed garlic clove and the remaining 2 tablespoons of
olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Using forks or tongs, pull the lamb off the bone in large chunks.
Using your fingers, pull the meat into smaller shreds and serve
with the yogurt sauce, lettuce leaves, naan and the remaining
harissa. —Peter Hoffman
MAKE AHEAD The harissa can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
The whole roasted lamb shoulder can be refrigerated overnight;
rewarm before serving.
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