Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew~ Paleo, Crock pot, GAPS, Traditional

Megan Main Dishes, Soups and Stews, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 14 Comments

Engaging feasts are often marked by a table with bowls of toppings, to pass and share. A hearty bone-broth-based stew that’s rich and (optionally) spicy may ground the meal. The condiments are fermented, or zesty, or fresh and they each add conversation and harmony to the table. The food draws us together and gives us joy at the end of a day.

PRACTICAL COMMENTS

The sauteing stage of this stew can be prepped the night before or the morning of and then set to cook slowly in the crock pot. The dish is delicious enough for guests but perfect for a family to appreciate in the simplicity of each others’ company. A bit spicy, it can be heated up or cooled down according to the cook’s and eaters’ tastes. I make it without the cayenne for my kids; and it’s a wink sweet from the garam masala.

CULINARY COMMENTS

I love the idea of making a paste from poppy seeds. This is the marvelous Pakistani beginning that starts the story of Middle Eastern Lamb Stew~ an actual poetry of slow cooked meat, spices and gravy.  If leg of lamb or lamb stew meat are too expensive, make lamb meatballs!  (See the photo below with both options.) They will poach in the simmering gravy. Or use wild meat, sure, elk, venison, even beef can be substituted in. But, lamb, it is special and it adds the ethnic flair to this dish.

I love the idea of making a paste from poppy seeds. This is the marvelous Pakistani beginning that starts the story of Middle Eastern Lamb Stew~ an actual poetry of slow cooked meat, spices and gravy.  If leg of lamb or lamb stew meat are too expensive, make lamb meatballs! They will poach in the simmering gravy. (Or use wild meat, sure, elk, venison, even beef can be substituted in. But, lamb, it is special and it adds the ethnic flair to this dish.)

 

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew
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Serve this cozy, (optionally spicy) stew with cooling probiotic sour cream, cucumbers, lime wedges and fresh cilantro. Each of the toppings should be in separate bowls on the table for passing and serving, which adds to the feel of a Middle Eastern feast.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Passive Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Passive Time
5 hours
Middle Eastern Lamb Stew
Yum
Print Recipe
Serve this cozy, (optionally spicy) stew with cooling probiotic sour cream, cucumbers, lime wedges and fresh cilantro. Each of the toppings should be in separate bowls on the table for passing and serving, which adds to the feel of a Middle Eastern feast.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Passive Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Passive Time
5 hours
Ingredients
Lamb Preparation, called Nihari
Poppy Seed Garam Masala
Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
Lamb "Nihari"
  1. Heat bone broth on high in crock pot, allowing enough time for it to heat before the following steps are completed.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet heat fat, onion and 1 tsp. sea salt over medium high heat, sauteeing until onion is browned and tender, 20 minutes, turning the heat to medium-low after 10 minutes to prevent burning.
  3. Remove onion to crock pot with slotted spoon and add meat cubes or meatballs, remaining sea salt and optional cayenne to skillet, browning on all sides, 8 minutes. Cook meat in two batches if it is too crowded.
  4. Add ginger and garlic, moving meat around with spices for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Transfer meat and spices to crock pot of hot broth. Use spatula to scrape in any bits from pan. Add Poppy Seed Garam Masala (see recipe below), stirring meat, broth and spices briefly to mix.
  6. Turn crock pot heat to low and cook for 5 hours, until meat is very tender.
  7. Serve with cultured cream, cucumbers, fresh lime wedges and fresh cilantro.
Poppy Seed Garam Masala
  1. In a spice grinder combine poppy seeds and water. Puree into a paste.*
  2. Transfer paste to a small bowl and add garam masala, stirring to mix.
Recipe Notes

*If you don't have a spice grinder place poppy seeds, garam masala and 1 cup of the warm broth into high-speed blender. Puree on medium-high speed for 30 seconds.

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  • naturalfitfoodie

    Oh my goodness I love stews! This one sounds just perfect, will add it to my meal plan for next week.. 🙂

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This looks + sounds delicious! I love those beautiful toppings to go with the stew. So lovely!

  • Renee Kohley

    Oh I LOVE lamb!!! I have one source for quality lamb and I just might reserve some for this – sounds great!

  • “A wink sweet”: what a cute turn of phrase!

  • Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome

    This looks so good. I’ve never made lamb but have eaten and love it.

  • linda spiker

    I NEVER make lamb! I need to try it. Thanks and looks delicious!

  • Chloe

    This looks amazing! I haven’t had middle eastern food in so long.

  • Megan Stevens

    It’s definitely got welcoming and exciting flavors. 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Oh Linda, you’re such a gourmet and lamb embodies that. I think you will love it! Lamb chops are another treat, so easy to broil and enjoy!

  • Megan Stevens

    This recipe makes lamb as easy as beef. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Rachel. 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, so wonderful to have a local farm!!!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Emily! It’s nice to add some PRETTY to the browns. 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    SO glad!!