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Andrew Carmellini's Lamb Chili with Chickpeas and Raita

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This recipe for Lamb Chili with Chickpeas and Raita from Andrew Carmellini's American Flavor brings together two perfect winter warmers: meaty chili and lamb simmered with Indian spices. Served over aromatic basmati rice with a cool and tart cucumber raita, this chili is fusion in the most seamless of ways, blending the heartiness and spice of an American chili with subtle Indian spices, delicate coconut milk, and nutty little chickpeas.

The lamb here with its unique, light gaminess lends a deepness of flavor that you rarely get with beef chili but after testing out a batch, we're thinking this would make bang-up vegetarian chili as well.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of American Flavor to give away this week.

Adapted from American Flavor by Andrew Carmellini. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ecco. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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