Sunday, 24 July 2011

Recipes - Moroccan Lamb Stew

This is not a traditional Moroccan recipe, it is merely my understanding of Moroccan flavours turned into a stew.  While researching in preparation for this recipe, I read close to ten different Moroccan Stew recipes and chose my favourite elements of each one.  I served this as the main of my Five Course Dinner Party and plates were (practically) licked clean.

Ingredients
500g lamb, cut into small cubes
1 brown onion, finely diced
2 clove garlic, fine chopped
2 tbs ginger, freshly grated
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground chili 
2 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
1 x 400g tin tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 x oranges, juice and zest 
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, halved 
1 x large carrot, chopped
1 x 400g tin chickpeas
1 cup couscous
1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
flaked almonds 


Step 1 - Soak raisins in hot water.
Step 2 - Heat a small amount of olive oil in frying pan and seal lamb in small batches.
Step 3 - Heat a little more oil in the pan, add onion and garlic and sautee until tender, but not coloured.
Step 4 - Add ginger, cumin, coriander seed, paprika, cinnamon and chili and fry off for 1 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add tomato paste and sugar and cook, stirring, for 2-4 minutes.
Step 5 - Return lamb to pan, coat with spiced tomato mix then add tin tomatoes, water, stock and carrot. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-5 hours, stirring periodically.
Step 6 - With one hour to go, drain raisins and add to pan along with orange juice, apricots and chickpeas.
Step 7 - To prepare couscous, place in a large bowl with 1 cup boiling water and a pinch salt. Mix quickly with a fork and cover with a lid or plate for 5 mins.  Remove lid, fluff with a fork and mix through orange zest, coriander and a good whack of olive oil.  Season well with salt. 
Step 8 - To serve, place couscous and stew in a plate and top with toasted almonds. 


Notes:


The slow cooking is essential for this dish.  If the stew looks like it is drying out, add more water.  

2 comments:

  1. This was so delicious,we are going to try this recipe, Dave thought he hated cous cous until he tried yours and loved it.

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  2. Glad to hear it! Let me know how it goes

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