Iranian lamb stew

Rich, decadent, perfect for Eid Al Adha. Our Iranian lamb stew features lamb shoulder slow-cooked in a spicy-sweet tomato sauce, served with gorgeous saffron rice on the side.

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Recipe by: Goody Kitchen

  • 4 Persons
  • 25 Minutes
  • Medium Recipe

Serving Size

  • 1

    In a large bowl, combine the lamb cubes with the cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and sumac. Add the olive oil, season and coat well.

  • 2

    Set a large ovenproof saucepan with a lid over a medium heat. Cook the lamb cubes for 8-10 minutes, or until browned all over. Remove the lamb and add the onions, garlic and ginger. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until turning translucent.

  • 3

    Return the lamb with the sieved tomatoes, stock, cinnamon stick and dried limes. Top with the lid slightly ajar and bake for 2-3 hours, or until the meat is tender. 

  • 4

    While the meat cooks, make the saffron rice. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a saucepan. Add the saffron and a pinch of salt. Add the rice, return to the boil then lower the heat. Cover with a lid and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Remove from the heat and leave for 10 minutes, lid on. Gently fluff up the rice using a fork, not a spoon, stirring in the coriander.

  • 5

    Serve alongside the lamb garnished with pomegranate seeds and served with Goody Greek Mint Yogurt on the side.