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Persian Lamb Tagine

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Ingredients

2kg Lamb Neck Fillets
5 tsp Olive Oil
3 Medium Onions Cut Into Wedges
4 Cloves Garlic Finely Chopped
4 tsp Ground Cumin
4 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Ground Turmeric
1 tsp Hot Chilli Powder
1.5L Chicken Stock
Large Pinch Saffron
2 Cinnamon Stick
2 Preserved Lemons Drained and cut into wedges
300g Dried Apricot
100g Pistachio Shells
2 tsp Rosewater
25g Cornflour
1 Small Bunch Coriander Leaves roughly chopped

Persian Lamb Tagine

Cuisine:
    • Medium

    Ingredients

    Directions

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Heat oven to 180C

    2
    Done

    Trim the lamb of any hard fat, cut into chunks and season all over. Heat some oil in a large casserole dish and brown the lamb in 3-4 batches over a high heat for 1-2 mins until lightly coloured

    3
    Done

    Add more oil between each batch if needed and transfer to a bowl each time a batch is browned.

    4
    Done

    Heat the remaining oil in the same dish over a medium heat and fry the onions for 5 mins or until softened and lightly coloured. Stir in the garlic, cumin, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric, 1 tsp ground black pepper and 1 tsp flaked sea salt. Cook for 1 min, stirring.

    5
    Done

    Return the lamb to the dish and add chicken stock, the saffron, cinnamon and lemons. Bring to a simmer, stirring a few times. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 hr.

    6
    Done

    Carefully remove the dish from the oven and stir in the apricots, dates and half the pistachios, then cover once more and return to the oven

    7
    Done

    Cook for a further 30 mins or until the lamb is very tender.

    8
    Done

    Transfer the dish to the hob and adjust the seasoning to taste. Mix the cornflour with the rosewater and 3 Tsp cold water, then stir into the tagine.

    9
    Done

    Cook over a medium heat for 1-2 mins or until the sauce thickens.

    10
    Done

    When ready to serve, roughly chop the remaining nuts and sprinkle over the top. Garnish with coriander and serve with couscous or rice

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