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Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens

2015/04/05 by Varga László

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It is spring time so it’s lamb season. I was shopping in the farmers market and got a bunch of stevia.

Not long time ago there was the Persian New Year –  Nowruz.

So I was looking for something to combine them all – Persian food, lamb and stevia. I found – Gormeh Sabzi – but I replaced the spinach with the stevia.

I cooked this dish for some friends, most of them stating that they don’t like lamb at all, but they will taste it not to insult me.

At the end they ate it all leaving the pot empty! 😉

So, Happy Nowruz everyone, with a bit delay 🙂

 

Ingredients (about 8-10 portions):

  • 1 kg boneless lamb shoulder- I used a full shoulder which I deboned myselfPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 01Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 02
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoon freshly chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 400 g tinned kidney beans, drained
  • 3 bunches steviaPersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 08
  • 2 bunches parsley
  • 1 leek
  • 2 bunches spring onions
  • 2 bunches spring garlic
  • 1 dried limePersian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 13
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

 

Preparation method:

  1. Cut the lamb meat into 2 cm cubes (debone it if necessary).Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 03
  2. Chop the onion and garlic.
  3. Cut the stevia leaves into 2 cm strips.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 11
  4. Slice the green garlic, green onions and leek.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 09Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 10
  5. In a large frying pan heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
  6. Add first the fattier lamb pieces, to melt the lard until they have browned and a bit crunchy.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 04
  7. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry them until golden. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 05
  8. Add the the remaining lamb and chopped ginger and fry them until golden brown.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 06
  9. Add the leeks,. Cover with a lid and slide into the oven for 1 1/2 hours.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 07
  10. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the stevia, parsley, spring onions, spring garlic and leek greens.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 12
  11. Fry them for a few minutes, over medium low heat, stirring until fragrant and darker.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 14
  12. Add to the casserole with the limes, season to taste, then return to the oven for a further 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours, until the lamb is extremely tender.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 15
  13. Serve while hot with saffron rice.Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens 17

2 Comments »

  1. partyhead says:

    Not my type of dish as i dont like lamb.But i do understand its a very popular and tasty meat.i do think its a meal that you either like or dislike. I certainly could eat this without the meat ,and i would love it.
    This is one of the great things about cooking,as you pick what you enjoy to eat.

  2. partyhead says:

    On speaking too a few people at a Fancy Dress Party recently we discussed this dish.I did say that its not something that i would find appealing but to my surprise it seems i was wrong.A lot of the guest thought it sounded delicious.

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