Persian Style Lamb Stew Recipe

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Persian Style Lamb Stew
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  1. In a large pan, heat the oil.
  2. Fry the cubed lamb until browned. (* You're supposed to do this in batches, but I was too hungry to wait that long so I bunged it all in at once and it came out fine).
  3. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and set aside, keeping warm.
  4. Add a little more oil to the pan and heat it up.
  5. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and chilli and fry gently, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until soft and beginning to colour just a little.
  6. Return the meat to the pan.
  7. Add in the saffron, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, paprika and salt.
  8. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring well until the meat is well coated in oil and spice.
  9. Add the dates or apricots, and 1 pint of hot lamb stock.
  10. Cover and simmer for 1 1/4 hours, until the meat is tender. Add more stock if necessary if it's getting too thick.
  11. Prepare the couscous according to the pack instructions. Use lamb stock instead of water if you have enough left.
  12. Into the couscous, add the chopped coriander (* I left this out - didn't have any)
  13. Add the chopped pistachios (*I used cashews, as that's what I had)
  14. Stir well in.
  15. Spoon the lamb over the couscous.
  16. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds (* I left this out - didn't have any)
  17. * I mixed some sultanas in with the couscous instead.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 511.85 Kcal (2143 kJ)
Calories from fat 285.99 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31.78g 49%
Cholesterol 93.56mg 31%
Sodium 111.13mg 5%
Potassium 940.06mg 20%
Total Carbs 29.92g 10%
Sugars 20.04g 80%
Dietary Fiber 4.24g 17%
Protein 27.81g 56%
Vitamin C 41.6mg 69%
Iron 5.1mg 28%
Calcium 104.6mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 205.2 Kcal (859 kJ)
Calories from fat 114.65 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.74g 49%
Cholesterol 37.51mg 31%
Sodium 44.55mg 5%
Potassium 376.87mg 20%
Total Carbs 12g 10%
Sugars 8.03g 80%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 17%
Protein 11.15g 56%
Vitamin C 16.7mg 69%
Iron 2mg 28%
Calcium 41.9mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 12.1
  • 14

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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