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    L'ham Bil Khorchef - Lamb and Wild Artichoke (North African)

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    2 hrs 10 mins

    25 mins

    1 hr 45 mins

    Um Safia's Note:

    This is a traditional Algerian recipe for lamb with 'Khorchef' - also known as Wild Artichoke, Spanish Artichoke, Cardon & Cardoon. It is also very nice made with chicken instead of lamb...

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    1. 1
      Prepare the Khorchef - wash thoroughly, remove stringy fibres and cut into pieces approximately 5cm in length. Place into a large pan of boiling water with 1 tbsp of lemon juice and boil for 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
    2. 2
      Remove any fat from the meat and cut into 1" chunks. Chop the onion. Place the meat, onion and garlic in a large pan or casserole and fry gently on medium heat until meat is sealed and onion is lightly coloured.
    3. 3
      Add the salt, pepper and cinnamon and cook for 10 minutes. Finally cover with water - approximately 2 pt, add the chick peas and Khorchef.
    4. 4
      Cover pan, bring to the boil before reducing heat and simmer for 1 hour. Check the seasoning and that the Khorchef is cooked (tender) and the chicken is well cooked.
    5. 5
      Finely chop the parsley. Whisk the egg with the juice from 1 lemon and 4 tbsp of the sauce. Pour back into the pan mixing well and cook for a further 5 minutes on medium heat.
    6. 6
      (Add a little stock if there is not enough sauce. Add a little water if sauce is too thick and is there is too much then cook for 5 minutes over high hid uncovered until sauce has reduced enough.).
    7. 7
      Slice the remaining lemon and serve with the finished dish.
    8. 8
      Serve this dish with a seasonal salad and fresh bread.

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    Nutritional Facts for L'ham Bil Khorchef - Lamb and Wild Artichoke (North African)

    Serving Size: 1 (433 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 440.7
    Calories from Fat 182
    Total Fat 20.2 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 128.7 mg
    Sodium 380.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 37.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 16.6 g
    Sugars 0.9 g
    Protein 34.4 g

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