Eid isn’t far away. All that fasting’s nearly over. You can wake up in the morning and remember that breakfast is an actual thing. You’re close, so hang in there.
If you’ve not been fasting but you fancy trying a taste of a traditional Asian-style roast, you’re in luck. Zouk are serving it and you’ll definitely want a taste.
Raan lamb is a rarely-seen traditional dish that contains only the finest ingredients including special deghi mirch chillies from Kashmir. They’re flavoursome but pretty spicy so keep a glass of water at the ready, just in case.
It’s a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds too. The whole roasted Raan lamb is marinated in papaya, ginger, garlic and cardamoms and then stuffed with aromatic jewelled rice. Follow your nose down Oxford Road to this sure-fire Indian haunt and get stuck in.
The luxurious jewelled rice is peppered with nuts and raisins and placed in the cavity of the lamb where the juices can permeate to every last grain throughout the cooking process.
The lamb is continuously basted to ensure the meat remains succulent and tender and is accompanied by Indian-style roast potatoes and what might just be the best gravy you’ve ever tasted. Forget Bisto on your Christmas roast. You’ll want this stuff.
The Raan platter includes freshly carved slices of Raan lamb piled on top of a generous mound of jewelled rice and accompanied by spicy potatoes, a sizzling side of gobi mattar in a tomato masala and that delicious Raan gravy. The whole stuffed Raan lamb is £35 for a sharing platter for 3 to 4 people. Or, if you’re feeling like a beast, just you.
These special roasts are available 7 days a week and include whole roast chicken and leg of lamb. The stuffed Raan lamb is available on request for special occasions and Zouk wanted to help anyone celebrating Eid by preparing a special whole stuffed lamb that can be eaten as a sharing platter along with a selection of your favourite dishes.
“We often do a Zouk version of Raan or whole roast lamb for weddings and special occasions but it is only really suitable for larger parties or private functions and it’s not something you can have every day,” says owner Mudassar Amjad.
“This is what makes it the ultimate occasion dish and perfect for Eid as it’s a real treat after a long month of fasting.
“My chefs are preparing and slowly cooking several whole lambs on Sunday so that customers can order this delicious dish as a platter to share. It’s one of my all-time favourite dishes.”
So forget Ramadan. With stuffed Raan lamb, jewelled rice and roast chicken on the menu at Zouk, it sounds like we’re Rama-done. Happy Eid.
See you at the counter.