Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine the ground lamb and beef in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and ginger and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the salt, paprika, cumin, curry powder, cayenne, saffron, cinnamon, and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes to release the flavors. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
Stir the vegetable into the ground meat. Add the bread crumbs, eggs, cilantro, and mint. Mix with a wooden spoon or your hands until thoroughly incorporated. Transfer to a 1 1/2 quart loaf pan and set in a baking pan. Pour hot water into the baking pan to reach halfway up the sides of the loaf pan.
Bake the meat loaf for 1 1?2 hours, or until firm and cooked through. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Unmold onto a plate and slice. Serve with BBQ sauce.
Serves: 4 to 6
Start to finish time: 2 to 21/2 hours
Reprinted with permission from © 2005 Bill Niman and Janet Fletcher, The Niman Ranch Cookbook, published by Ten Speed Press click for book review
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