Lamb with Dried Fruits

Lamb with Dried Fruits
Alan Benson

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup  ghee (clarified butter) or oil
  • 35 Ounces  boneless stewing lamb, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups  water
  • small cinnamon stick
  • noomi (dried lime), pierced twice with a skewer, or thinly peeled rind of 1/2 lemon
  •   Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup  chopped dates
  • 3/4 Cups  dried apricots
  • 3/4 Cups  chopped pitted prunes
  • 1/4 Cup  sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 2 Tablespoons  brown sugar
  •   Steamed white basmati or long-grain white rice, for serving

When dates are being dried, they exude a thick, molasses-like syrup. The Iraqi cook adds some of this syrup when making this dish, but the addition of brown sugar gives a somewhat similar flavor.

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Directions

Heat half of the ghee or oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat and brown the lamb, in batches if necessary.

Return all of the lamb to the pan and push to one side. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of the water, the cinnamon, and dried lime or lemon rind. Season with salt, to taste, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the dates in a small saucepan with the remaining water and heat until the dates soften. Press through a sieve to purée.

Add the date purée to the stew with the apricots, prunes, sultanas, and sugar. Stir, then cover tightly and simmer until the lamb is tender, about 1 hour. Check during cooking to ensure the fruit does not stick to the pan, adding a little more water if necessary.

Remove the cinnamon and lime or lemon rind. Serve hot, with a dish of steamed rice.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

879 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:

44%

Servings:

5
  • Fat 57g 88%
  • Carbs 61g 20%
  • Saturated 27g 133%
  • Fiber 6g 24%
  • Sugars 46g
  • Monounsaturated 22g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 35g 70%
  • Cholesterol 171mg 57%
  • Sodium 357mg 15%
  • Calcium 94mg 9%
  • Magnesium 78mg 20%
  • Potassium 1,129mg 32%
  • Iron 4mg 24%
  • Zinc 7mg 48%
  • Phosphorus 376mg 54%
  • Vitamin A 133µg 15%
  • Vitamin C 6mg 11%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 30%
  • Niacin (B3) 13mg 67%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 48µg 12%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 76%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 25µg 32%
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