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  1. Moroccan Lamb Stew

    August 10, 2008 by

    Ingredients:

    Olive Oil (for frying)
    1.5 Kg Lamb (Neck chops, or other stewing cut)
    1 Onion
    2 Cloves of Garlic (or more)
    Large chunk of Ginger
    400g Tomatoes (Tinned)
    Stock (preferably Real Stock – Lamb or Beef)
    ½ glass Red Wine
    1 tbsp ground Cumin (or more to taste)
    1 tbsp ground Coriander (or more to taste)
    2 Cinnamon Sticks
    2-3 Bay Leaves
    Fresh Chili (or ½ tsp chili powder to suit your taste)
    Fresh Coriander
    Handful of dried Prunes
    Handful of dried Apricots
    Salt and pepper

    Making it:

    • Brown the lamb in batches in a cast iron casserole dish. Remove lamb and set aside.
    • In the remaining fat, cook the onions for a bit. Then add the ground cumin, coriander and chili stir and cook briefly. Deglaze the pan with the red wine.
    • Arrange the lamb back in dish so it sits nicely on the bottom with the onions on top. Season with salt and pepper and add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, chopped garlic, tomatoes and stock (or water) so that the lamb is ‘almost’ covered (i.e. not drowning in liquid).
    • Cook in the oven on a low heat (140°C) for 2-3 hours. Alternatively, you can simmer it on the stove top for the same amount of time.
    • About half way through the cooking time, add the grated ginger.
    • Add the dried prunes and apricots about 15 minutes before serving.
    • Serve with the fresh coriander ripped on top, with cous cous or rice.

    Enjoy.