Lamb with Dried Fruits

Lamb with Dried Fruits
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Lamb with Dried Fruits

Alan Benson

Lamb with Dried Fruits

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:

812 kcal

Daily value:

41%

Servings:

5
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 53 g
  • Protein 32 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 55 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 1553 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 175 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 12 µg
  • Vitamin B-6 1 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 2 mg
  • Vitamin D 11 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 7 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 8 µg
  • Alanine 2 g
  • Arginine 2 g
  • Ash 3 g
  • Aspartic acid 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 107 mg
  • Carotene, beta 695 µg
  • Cholesterol 188 mg
  • Choline, total 13 mg
  • Copper, Cu 1 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 5 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 22 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 8 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 14 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 4 g
  • Folate, DFE 63 µg
  • Folate, food 10 µg
  • Folate, total 41 µg
  • Folic acid 31 µg
  • Fructose 5 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 12 g
  • Glutamic acid 4 g
  • Glycine 1 g
  • Histidine 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 8 mg
  • Isoleucine 1 g
  • Leucine 2 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 35 µg
  • Lysine 3 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 67 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Methionine 1 g
  • Niacin 9 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 1 mg
  • Phenylalanine 1 g
  • Phosphorus, P 383 mg
  • Phytosterols 59 mg
  • Potassium, K 936 mg
  • Proline 1 g
  • Retinol 116 µg
  • Riboflavin 1 mg
  • Selenium, Se 16 µg
  • Serine 1 g
  • Sodium, Na 396 mg
  • Starch 8 g
  • Sucrose 6 g
  • Sugars, total 33 g
  • Threonine 1 g
  • Tyrosine 1 g
  • Valine 2 g
  • Water 240 g
  • Zinc, Zn 4 mg
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