Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
Another Epicurious recipe.
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 1⁄2 lbs trimmed boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained (chickpeas)
- 1 cup dried apricot (about 5 ounces)
- 2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons packed grated lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Add lamb and toss to coat.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Working in batches, add lamb to skillet and cook until browned on all sides, turning occasionally and adding 2 more tablespoons oil to skillet between batches, about 8 minutes per batch.
- Transfer lamb to another large bowl after each batch.
- Add onion and tomato paste to drippings in skillet.
- Reduce heat to medium; sauté until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add broth, garbanzo beans, apricots, tomatoes, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and lemon peel and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
- Return lamb to skillet and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until lamb is just tender, about 1 hour.
- Uncover and simmer until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Rewarm over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.).
- Transfer lamb and sauce to bowl. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
This is wonderful recipe and has become a favourite in our house. I made some slight some modifications to suit the palate of my family - I ommitted the lemon peel and dried apricots and added some roasted pinenuts. I used diced lamb (all visible fat removed) and increased the cooking time to 3 hours. I made this recently as part of a Moroccan 'feast' for 40 people and it was received with rave reviews. The recipe trebled with ease.