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ghormeh sabzi
HERBED LAMB STEW WITH DRIED LIMES
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 2 h 15 mins
Servings
6
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1.5 kg lamb shoulder or leg cut into 2 cm x 4 cm chunks
  • 2 large brown onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp advieh khorosht*
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 dried limes**
  • 1/4 cup dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tbsp dried lime powder
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 leeks green ends only, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup spinach leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup silverbeet green leaves only, finely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsely finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 2 420g tins red kidney beans
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 2 h 15 mins
Servings
6
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1.5 kg lamb shoulder or leg cut into 2 cm x 4 cm chunks
  • 2 large brown onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp advieh khorosht*
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 dried limes**
  • 1/4 cup dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tbsp dried lime powder
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 leeks green ends only, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup spinach leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup silverbeet green leaves only, finely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsely finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 2 420g tins red kidney beans
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Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-based pan, heat the oil and brown the lamb in small batches, over medium heat for 3—4 minutes. Remove each browned batch with a slotted spoon, then set aside. Browning helps seal in the juices and prevents the meat from falling apart when fully cooked.
  2. In the same pan, add a little extra oil if necessary and fry the onion over a medium heat until golden-brown. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Return the lamb to the pan, sprinkle the turmeric, advieh khoroshte, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg over the meat and stir briefly. Add the water and bring to the boil.
  4. Pierce the dried limes with a fork several times. Add to the pan, along with dried fenugreek leaves and dried lime powder. Cover and simmer gently, over a low heat for 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large, non-stick pan heat the canola oil and fry the chopped leek, spinach, silverbeet, parsley, chives and coriander over medium heat for 15—20 minutes, stirring frequently. The aroma of the herbs will change, and the oil will turn a greenish colour when squashed with a spoon.
  6. Strain and rinse the kidney beans and add to the lamb along with the fried herbs. Cover and continue to simmer gently for a further 1 hour or until the meat is fully cooked and the sauce has reduced slightly.
Recipe Notes

Serve with steamed basmati rice and wedges of fresh onion.

notes
**Dried limes impart a sour, tart taste. They can be left in the food and eaten, or removed prior to serving. They are available from Middle Eastern specialty shops.
***Dried fenugreek leaves have a slightly bitter, curry-like flavour. They are available from Middle Eastern specialty shops.
**** Dried lime powder is made from the crushed, dried black Persian limes. It is optional, but gives the dish an extra tangy, zesty flavour.

 

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