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                      TAH CHIN (YOGURT, LAMB AND RICE)
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Lamb                             Meats
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         -JUDI M. PHELPS
    2       lb           Lean lamb from leg
    2 1/2   c            Yogurt
                          -- salt
                         Freshly ground black pepper
    1       t            Turmeric OR
      1/2   ts           Saffron threads
    3       c            Basmati rice
    8       c             -- water
    2                    Egg yolks
      1/4   c            Ghee or butter -- melted
    1       tb            -- hot water
   Cut lamb into 1-1/4 inch cubes.  Combine in a bowl
   with 2 cups yogurt, 2 teaspoons salt, a good grinding
   of black pepper and the turmeric or pounded saffron
   threads.  Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 6
   hours or overnight.
   Pick over rice and wash well until water runs clear.
   Boil water, add 2 tablespoons salt and the rice, stir
   and return to the boil. Leave uncovered and boil for 5
   minutes.  Drain in colander or large sieve.
   Beat egg yolks in a bowl, stir in 1/2 cup yogurt and
   1-1/2 cups of the rice.  Place melted ghee and hot
   water in a 10-cup casserole or Dutch oven.  Swirl to
   coat sides.  Spread egg, yogurt and rice mixture
   evenly over base.
   Arrange half the lamb cubes over this with some of the
   yogurt marinade.  Add a layer of rice, remaining lamb
   mixture, and all but 1/2 cup of marinade.  Top with
   remaining rice and spread reserved yogurt marinade on
   top.  Cover casserole or Dutch oven with lid and cook
   tah chin in a moderate oven for 1-1/2 hours.
   Spoon rice and lamb mixture into center of serving
   dish.  Lift off crusty layer from bottom of dish and
   break into large pieces. Arrange around edge of dish.
   Alternatively if a Dutch oven has been used, place on
   cold surface or in cold water for 5-10 minutes, run a
   knife blade around edge of contents and invert serving
   dish on top. Tip upside down so that contents can come
   out like a cake.  Cut in wedges to serve.
   Source:  The Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos.
   Shared and MM by Judi M. Phelps.
   jphelps@shell.portal.com, juphelps@delphi.com, or
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