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    Roast Leg of Lamb Marinated in Saffron, Lemon and Yogurt

    The lamb needs to be marinated for at least 8 hours but you can prepare it a day ahead and leave it in the fridge for 24 hours.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus marinating
    • Cooking time: 135 minutes
    • Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes

    Makes: 12


    • 2kg leg of lamb (bone in)
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • Generous pinch of saffron
    • Pinch of sugar
    • Juice of 4 lemons
    • 4 tbsp natural Greek yogurt
    • 2 onions, roughly grated
    • 2cm length fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 tbsp olive oil


    1. Find a non-corrodible dish large enough to fit the lamb comfortably. Stab the lamb all over with a small sharp knife, then rub with salt and place in the dish.
    2. Put the saffron in a bowl, add the sugar and grind the saffron to a powder with the back of a teaspoon. Add 1 tbsp hot water and set aside. Mix together the lemon juice, yogurt, grated onions and ginger. Mix in the saffron liquid, some black pepper and the cayenne. Pour over the lamb, coating it well. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours.
    3. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Transfer the lamb to a small roasting pan, spoon over the marinade and cover with foil. Place in the centre of the oven and roast for 1½ hours, basting every 30 minutes or so. If, at this stage, you find the marinade has burnt on the base of the roasting pan, transfer the meat to another roasting pan. Either way, remove the foil, drizzle over the olive oil and roast for a further 45 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Allow the lamb to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes, then carve and serve with the pan juices.

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