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.

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. 


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


  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.

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