Slow roast shoulder of lamb with okra

Serves 4-6

A lamb shoulder has lots of flavour when it is slow-roasted. It's easier to carve without the bone, so get your butcher to take it out. I've been a big fan of okra ever since I first tried the fresh version in an Indian restaurant; you can buy them in most supermarkets and Asian shops; give them a wash and they're ready to go.

1 new-season shoulder of lamb, boned
1 bulb of new-season garlic, chopped
2tsp cumin seeds
2tsp ground cumin
60g butter, softened
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, peeled, halved and finely chopped
tbsp grated root ginger
2tbsp olive oil
300g small okra, washed and dried
230g can of chopped tomatoes
2tbsp chopped coriander

Pre-heat the oven to 175C/gas mark 4.

Mix the garlic, cumin seeds and ground cumin with the softened butter, rub all over the lamb; season. Fold the lamb in half; tie with string. Heat a frying pan and brown the lamb on both sides, transfer to an ovenproof dish and cook in the oven for 1 hours, basting every so often.

Meanwhile gently cook the onion and ginger in a tablespoon of the olive oil, add the tomatoes, season and simmer for 15 minutes. Heat the rest of the olive oil in a heavy frying pan and cook the okra for 3-4 minutes, turning them every so often. Then add to the tomatoes with the coriander and simmer for a couple of minutes and re-season if necessary.

To serve, remove the string from the lamb and cut into thick slices and serve with the okra on the plate or separately.

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