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  1. Persian Lamb Stew with Stevia and other Spring Greens

    April 5, 2015 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. Baked Catfish with Pineapple and Mushrooms Recipe

    January 15, 2014 by Varga László

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 whole smaller catfish – about 2 kgaIMG_8369
    • 1 pineapple
    • 250 g medium to small tomatoes
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 garlic loves
    • 500 g oyster mushrooms
    • 1/2 lemons juice
    • 2-3 green onion stalks
    • 2-3 tablespoons olive oile

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash and degut the fish.aIMG_8371
    2. Slice the fish into 2 cm slices. Remove the head and tail, preserve them for a fish head soup. The recipe will follow soon.aIMG_8373
    3. Slice the whole pineapple into 2 cm slices, leave its skin on. Cut every slice into quarters.aIMG_8375
    4. Put the fish and pineapple slices into a bowl. Sprinkle some olive oil and lemon juice over. Grind some salt, black pepper. I have also grind some very nice fish condiments, mostly herbs and dried vegetables. Stir them gently and leave them for 5-10 minutes.
    5. Lay the fish and pineapple slices into an oven tray, bake them for about 20 minutes at 180 C.aIMG_8378
    6. Chop the green onions and garlic.
    7. Cut the tomatoes into quarters.aIMG_8385
    8. Add the chopped garlic, green onions, quartered tomatoes and oyster mushrooms on top of the fish-pineapple tray.aIMG_8389
    9. Bake them for another 20-25 minutes until the mushrooms are roasted a bit and the tomatoes are well wilted.aIMG_8399
    10. Remove the tray from oven and serve while still hot.aIMG_8402

  3. Mutton Chops with Eggplant Sauce – Indian Recipe

    December 7, 2012 by Varga László

    Ingredients (4 servings):

    • 1 – 1 1/2 kg mutton chops with some fat on them
    • 2 small eggplants
    • 1 red onion
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 1-2 chilli peppers, depending on their hotness
    • 3 teaspoons chilli powder
    • 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
    • 1-2 pieces green cardamon, groud or chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    • a few parsley leaves to garnish
    • 2 tomatoes for garnishing

    Preparation method

    1. Chop the onion  an the garlic,
    2. Peel the eggplants and dice them into 2 cm cubes.
    3. Remove the fat from the mutton and cut the meat into serving pieces.
    4. Melt the mutton fat in a cooking pot and scoop and discard the cracklings.
    5. Add to the pot the chopped onion and garlic and fry until fragrant.
    6. Add chilli pepper, cumin seeds,  salt and fry for a minute, scoop the contents and set aside leaving some fat in the pot.
    7. Add mutton chops to the pot and sear them by fry for a few minutes on each side.
    8. Return to the pot the fried onions, garlic and spices removed earlier and add turmeric powder, cardamom, chilli powder and fry for another a few seconds stirring.
    9. Add water enough to cover the mutton and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the liquid reduces to a third.
    10. Add the eggplant cubes, cover the pot with a lid and cook for about 20 minutes until the eggplant is almost melted down in the sauce. If needed, you can add some more water.
    11. Serve with rice and Indian roti or other flat-bread, some tomato wedges and garnish with fresh coriander or parsley leaves.