Khoresh Karafs (Persian Lamb and Celery Stew)

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READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by Mr Sparkle

A tasty and healthy stew of lamb, celery and fresh herbs. I have been making this for years and it never fails to delight guests. You can substitute beef or veal but I prefer the texture and taste of lamb with this dish. Use fresh herbs. The recipe is courtesy of

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, brown onions with meat in 3 tablespoons oil. Add salt, pepper, turmeric. Pour in 2 cups water. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. In a non-stick frying pan, fry the chopped celery in 3 tablespoons oil for 10 minutes, sliming occasionally. Add chopped herbs and fry for 10 minutes longer.
  3. Add the mixture of celery and herbs, and lime juice to the meat. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours longer, or until the meat and celery are tender.
  4. Taste the stew and adjust seasoning accordingly. Serve hot with steamed white rice.

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