Affordable leg of lamb is a great way to break out of the usual beef-chicken-pork rut, especially when used in a quick-cooking but complex-tasting dish like this.
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1½ pound boneless leg of lamb, thinly sliced against the grain
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium red onion, cut into ½” wedges
- Cooked rice (for serving)
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
- Fresh oregano, mint, and/or cilantro leaves (for serving)
Toast cumin and coriander seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Let cool, then finely chop. Toss lamb with cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, vinegar, and 2 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl to coat; season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill 15 minutes.
Whisk yogurt and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook lamb, tossing occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes per batch; transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.
Add onion to skillet and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown and soften, about 3 minutes. Add ½ cup water; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender and water is evaporated, about 3 minutes. Return lamb to skillet and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve lamb over rice, topped with yogurt, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and herbs.
DO AHEAD: Lamb can be marinated 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.