Sunday, May 1, 2011

Moroccan Inspired Lamb Stew

So Easter weekend I got some lamb chops and then asked on the Chow and Chatter facebook page and on twitter for recipe idea's got some amazing ones, but a lot for leg of lamb, I had chops after reading some blogs and idea's tweeted I decided to make something Inspired by Morocco. I love their cuisine and the use of fruit in savory dishes. But those suggestions will be sure handy when I buy the leg of lamb :-)

  • 3 lamb chopped chopped up
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground pepper 1/4 teaspoon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • about 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro 
  • a little grated grapefruit rind
  • 5-6 chopped dried apricots
  • one chopped of diced plum tomatoes
  • one can of chick peas
  • one teaspoon ginger/garlic paste
  • one pack of cous cous with frozen vegetables added
  • 4 chopped shallots
  • one stick of cinnamon

  1. mix the spices together 
  2. then add to lamb as a rub
  3. heat some olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and saute the shallots for 3 minutes
  4. add the lamb and brown add water as needed to stop it sticking
  5. then add cilantro, ginger/garlic paste and grapefruit rind and cinnamon
  6. add can of tomatoes and chick peas and about 1/2 - 1 cup of water  
  7. simmer for 45 min to one hour
  8. serve with cous cous 

Today I am busy packing for our trip to the UK tomorrow to see all the family, we will see my hubby's family in London and our new Nephew first and stay with my brother and his girlfriend. We are then taking the train to Scotland for a week to visit my parents, back to England to see my hubby's parents who fingers crossed will be flying in from India, his sister and my Grandparents. Will be a fun filled time seeing everyone and its hard to believe the next time I go will be with two little ones!

Have a great start to the week everyone much love, will add some posts from there :-), maybe beautiful countryside, fun British dishes and a recipe or two from my Grandma got any requests?


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  1. I made a Moroccan Lamb stew a few weeks ago and is was AMAZING! The recipe you used here is very similar...I love Moroccan flavors too! Sweet, spicy and full of depth! You have me craving this now!

    Have fun on your trip! I would love to see ANYTHING from your Grandmom! Those are always the best recipes! XO

  2. Great post-Easter recipe. Lots of flavors with great depth. And I'm looking forward to seeing some of those leg of lamb recipes too :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have made Moroccan lLamb stew several times and simply love it. I think apricots go so well with lamb. Have a safe and fun trip! Looking forward to your posts from your home country...hugs Biren

  4. Rebecca, Love your lamb stew and looks really delicious.
    I would like you to visit Mamatkamal from
    Mamatkamal makes perfect Moroccan dishes and she stays in UK too.
    Have a nice trip and have fun :)

  5. You do get around, my friend. Have a wonderful trip to England and Scotland. How wonderful you get to see your families as often as you do living so far apart. Safe travels!

    The only way I can get my husband to eat lamb is grilled - chops or rack. He has simple tastes :)

  6. I love Moroccan food too. This stew looks great!

  7. What a lovely dish, I love Moroccan Cuisine! The combination of spices is just so fragrant! :) Have a lovely trip Rebecca!

  8. A dish packed full of flavours! Delicious!

  9. All those spices just infuse the lamb beautifully. My husband just had a Moroccan meal which was grand - but he was not in love with sitting on the floor and eating with his hands! Have a fun, loving and safe trip!

  10. Wow that looks yummy. I am not a big fan of lamb but I like the presentation.

  11. This looks great Rebecca! I love my lamb stew, and you have made a fabulous one!

  12. Rebecca this is a perfect meal for us Lamb lovers :) Have a great trip !!!

  13. oh I love lamb stew and this looks really good!... give us a shout when you're near and we'll see if we can meet up... can't wait!!! Dom x x

  14. I've been on a Moroccan kick lately and this will certainly fit the bill. I love all the luscious flavors and combinations.

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh yum!!! Great looking recipe. Have a good trip!!

  16. Today, we went to Camden and we a lovely Moroccan lamb stew.
    A dish full of flavour ♥

  17. Que platito tan delicioso, es fantastico.


  18. A lovely Easter this sounds like. Have a wonderful time!!!

  19. I love lamb stew and this looks superb Rebecca. Hearty and comforting. Enjoy your Sunday.

  20. i don't know if i already mentioned here that i just learned how to appreciate lamb lately. I didn't realize that it's a cinch to cook it, tender and flavorful
    so you won't be surprised if i will be serving this at my house soon... something new to us but im sure my family will love it.
    happy sunday reb!

  21. This Moroccan Lamb Stew looks wonderful, I love Middleastern recipes, cant wait to try it!

  22. Awww, I love Moroccan food and I love lamb! My favorite preparation for lamb chops is usually grilled, but I love the idea of this stew. Definitely the best of both worlds :)

  23. Hi Rebecca,

    Love your Moroccan inspired lamb stew. It's full of great flavours!

  24. Amazing aromatic flavors here, i like the addition of dried apricots.

  25. design wine and dine aw thanks bet yours was a fab stew will see what I can do with recipes hugs
    Parsley sage my pleasure
    Biren thanks so much hugs back
    Anncoo thanks and thanks for the link will follow her
    Susan oh love grilled lamb and your right its amazing how often we get to see them
    Beth thanks
    Marnley aw thanks
    pigpigscorner thanks so much
    Claudia he he thats funny about your hubby
    sailor :-)
    Chef E thanks that means a lot to me
    Michelle thanks so much
    Dom sure thing :-)
    oyster culture my pleasure
    Roz thanks
    Ana oh love camden
    torview thanks
    Jose :-)
    Belinda thanks
    Michael thanks u too
    malou oh thats great love lamb enjoy the recipe
    Kim thanks so much and for visiting
    Victoria :-)
    spoon and chopsicks thanks
    five star foodie thanks

  26. We just did a Moroccan tagine with lamb, and it was super fabulous. There's something about lamb that gets us excited. Delicious stew. Safe travels!

  27. Your lamb stew looks scrumptious! Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing the recipe.

  28. Delicious!!! How have been Rebecca long time we got connected.
    I have an Award/seasons greeting for you.
    Please accept it from my blog.

    Food Fun Freak

  29. I love the flavors of Morocco too and this recipe sounds like a winner. I love lamb, I can't say the same for my whole family though. Indian flavors work well with lamp too.

  30. mmm i love moroccan flavors!!! :)

  31. the duo dishes wow love your dish as well thanks for the safe travel wishes
    Angie my pleasure
    Sabby thanks so much for the awards
    Lauren oh love lamb curry theres a good Indian recipe on my blog if you like it
    Junia :-)
    doggybloggy thanks so much :-)

  32. oh yum! i've never had anything like this, but it looks so tasty, great flavors.

  33. chick peas with meat, very interesting Rebecca i have never tried moroccan food, i should may be!

  34. I really love this mélange of ingredients; I am not too familiar with Moroccan food, but anxious to learn.

  35. That look delicious - comforting, hearty, and still exotic with the spices. Yum!

  36. Oh Rebecca, this lamb stew looks delicious with grapefruit rind and the idea of some sweetness. Have a great week!

  37. I am a big fan of Moroccan cuisine too- the spices, flavors are so similar n used to Indian palates- the stew looks nice n hearty!
    US Masala

  38. I simply adore Moroccan flavors, and even if I don't eat meat you know I appreciate a well presented dish...beautiful my dear!
    Have a wonderful and safe trip my travel bug...
    Hugs and love, be safe and send photos :)

  39. Love lamb, especially with Moroccan flavors!! Have a lovely trip!! I am always a fan of Grandma recipes!!

  40. I've been meaning to try my hand at a lamb dish. This recipe looks promising!

  41. Love that dish you made and with cous cous I can only imagine how amazing it will taste ..

  42. oh DELICIOUS! This looks like such a perfect stew!

  43. Super delicious stew, I love Moroccan food because their foods are spicy and flavorful and I love the use of grapefruit rind in this stew... great sharing!

  44. Teresa thanks so much
    Ananda u would love it
    Rita look forward to seeing your recipes
    Indie.tea thanks so much
    Juliana you too :-)
    aipi oh thanks yep a little like Indian with a sweetness
    magic of spice will send pics for sure hugs i bet you could make a great veggie version
    the food hound thanks will see what I can do
    yymmychunklet enjoy
    kankana thanks
    simply life thanks u would enjoy it
    always a winner my pleasure hugs

  45. Have a great, safe visit! Any Grandma recipe will certainly hit the spot.

  46. lovely lamb stew, hope you have a great time with your family, take care!


  47. Lamb is perfect for spring, I love flavours of Moroccan food - yummy!

  48. ilke sure
    sweetlife thanks so much hugs
    Xinmaei :-)

  49. I love the Moroccan spice flavours and they go so well with lamb although I prefer it grilled rather than stewed.

  50. Hope you have a fantastic time in the UK with family.... The Moroccan inspired stew looks like ideal comfort food!!The weather is fluctuating so much these days I would love to get a bowl of this stew:)

  51. Leg of lamb was always our Easter dinner...probably why you got so many suggestions for that.
    Your Moroccan stew looks marvelous, Rebecca. Great flavors and fun to see grapefruit rind and apricots in your dish!

  52. I love the flavors you have used in this dish. It sounds delicious:)

  53. Love all the spices and flavors in this, but I'm not a big fan of lamb. I was thinking about another meat, but maybe a vegetarian version would be good! I'll also sub out the couscous for quinoa to make it gluten free. Mmm...Hope you're having a wonderful trip and enjoying this time w/ your family.

  54. look absolutely delicious!!gloria

  55. That looks so beautiful. I had lamb for the first time in Barcelona in like 2 years. So tasty.

  56. chop in my saucepan love it grilled too
    Malli thanks so much
    Barbara yep your right and thanks
    Raina thanks
    EA oh that would work great
    \gloria thanks
    Kris cool love that city

  57. I've been looking for a new way to do lamb other than just plain old chops. This recipe looks delicious and not too complicated. Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,
    -- Chelsey

  58. nice use of spices , i love them.. stew looks good.

  59. Chelsey thanks for stopping by enjoy it was a nice dish
    mehjabeen thanks

  60. Reb, I just love the Moroccan inspired flavors in your lamb stew...I wish I had a bowl in front of my right now. I hope you have an AMAZING Mother's Day xoxo :D

  61. Mmmm... I have had Moroccan food once and it was so delicious! This recipe looks so good, too!



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