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    URGENT help needed please with recipe I'm making NOW !!!

    Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:51 am Groupie
    I have several pages of recipes given to me by an Algerian friend of ours... they are in french, which is no problem, but I'm in the middle of cooking one of them and realised that the instructions are a little vague..

    The recipe is called MTOUEME
    and I have browned the lamb as instructed, sauted the onions garlic etc.. it says to cook the lamb long and slowly
    (faire mijoter longtemps) and then the next step is to add a little water and chick peas ( ajouter peu déau plus pois chiches)
    Puis ajouter boulettes de melange viande hachee, ail, cumin, et viande morceaux, Couvrir et laisser cuire.

    Obviously it's a little hard to cook browned meat long and slow with no liquid... DH says that the chickpeas and water need to go in now, I think just the water and add the chickpeas once the lamb is cooked...

    HELP!!! any ideas?????

    I thought I bought this lamb to make Chorba.. but DH chose this recipe off the list instead...
    I have taken half of the chickpeas out as a percasuion... it's boiling softly now... I REALLY hope that Hajar or Fifi or someone who knows is lurking and can help me out here icon_smile.gif

    Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:21 am Groupie
    I just checked Algerian cookbooks and did not find any recipe like Mtoume. Tons of other lamb dishes and one of them had chick peas. These chick peas had been soaked overnight. They are added to the lamb after it has been browned along with water and then cooked over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. It says this will be enough time to tenderize meat and cook chick peas. If too much liquid evaporates, add 1/2 cup more.

    If the chick peas are canned I would add them at the very end.

    I am not Algerian. My husband is. I have learned how to cook from my Algerian sisters in law and my mother in law.

    Good Luck!!
    Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:47 pm Groupie
    Thank you so much for your help Happy Mom !

    I decided to hedge my bets becuase I wasn't sure if not adding them would mean no flavour. so I put in half at the beginning and half at the end (they are canned chick peas)

    We are eating this tomorrow so I will let you know how it turns out for taste icon_smile.gif

    I am keen to try out more of the recipes becuase DH and I love lamb and becuase our friends Chorba is sooooo good icon_smile.gif

    Happy Eid !
    Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:57 pm Groupie
    You are welcome!! Happy New Year and enjoy!!
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