This elegant entree is a specialty of Rajasthan, home of the Rajput warriors. Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add almonds and pistachios; cook, stirring, until light brown, about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Combine the garlic, ginger, coriander, cardamom, chili, peppercorns, cloves, cumin, mace and water in a blender and blend to form a smooth paste. Arrange lamb in a large shallow dish. Rub the spice mixture over both sides of lamb. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and brown well on both sides. Add 1/4 cup of the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add remaining water; sprinkle in saffron. Cover and cook until lamb is tender, about 10 minutes. Taste, and add salt, if needed. Stir in peas and cook 5 minutes longer. Sauce should be very thick. Transfer lamb to a heated platter. Stir sauce and pour over lamb. Top with fried nuts and cilantro. Note: Royal cumin (black cumin) or shahi jeera gets its name from the royal Moghul dishes it was most used in. It is available at Indian markets. PER SERVING: 640 calories, 35 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 50 g fat (22 g saturated), 149 mg cholesterol, 131 mg sodium, 5 g fiber. Laxmi Hiremath writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 6/24/02.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (288g)|
|Recipe Makes: 2 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 1365 (96%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 151.7g||202 %|
|Saturated Fat 89.2g||446 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 42.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 8.7g|
|Cholesterol 366.4mg||113 %|
|Sodium 68.5mg||2 %|
|Potassium 559.3mg||15 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 23.7g||7 %|
|Dietary Fiber 11.5g||46 %|
|Sugars, other 12.2g|
|Protein 8.1g||12 %|
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Calories per serving: 1423
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