Lamb & apricot stew

Lamb & apricot stew

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 2
A fruity and warming Middle Eastern tagine to be served with couscous and herbs - a speedy casserole with plenty of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal447
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre4g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.69g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g stewing lamb pieces



    A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tsp ras-el-hanout, Berber or other Middle Eastern spice mix
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 5 soft dried apricot, halved



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 300ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • cooked couscous, mint or coriander leaves, and lemon wedges, to serve



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…


  1. In a medium-sized pan, heat 1 tbsp of the oil. Season the meat and fry briefly until browned. Remove from the pan and add the remaining oil. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, and fry with a little seasoning. Cook for 5 mins until soft, then add the spice mix, tomato purée, apricots and stock, and return the lamb to the pan. Simmer gently for 25 mins. Serve with warm couscous, mint or coriander leaves, and lemon wedges.

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Comments (43)

Gemini259's picture

Fantastic in the slow cooker - just over three hours to tendorise the lamb. A great low-cost family meal, the kids loved it!

strongmansj's picture

made as per the recipe except for adding some lemon zest and it was yum! wouldn't change anything else

suegriff26's picture

Yum, quick and easy. Needed to put a bit more water in towards the end of cooking as was starting to get dry

lizfbrown's picture

Simple, quick and delicious. Used garam masala which worked well.

amyetatham's picture

Ocado stock the ras-el-hanout. Delicious meal. I used frozen left over roast leg of lamb, I added a red pepper and almonds. Delicious with cous cous and chopped mint. Left in the slow cooker for a few hours. Yummy!

darby64's picture

Have made this a few times and it always goes down really well. I make it with chicken thighs (skin removed) because other half doesn't like lamb and I do it in the slow cooker or in the oven at a low heat, so it's ready in advance

kategoudy's picture

This is a definite 5 star recipe. So easy to make and so full of flavour it left a wonderful taste in my mouth when finished. I can't fault anything and was perfect served with couscous and steamed green beans.

panixx's picture

I wouldn't try this recipe but the 5stars above tempted me...
Fantastic! Easy and tasty, quick to prepare and surprising flavours. Family liked it.
I didn't have suggested spices and used garam masala instead but will look for them in shops and try it again.

stella_m's picture

Made this last night to rave reviews. So easy and really tasty!

joefizz's picture

Whoops, forgot the 5 star!

joefizz's picture

On my word! 5 star rating...

I used garam masala instead of ras-el-hanout...and it was really fab!

natalieannehamilton's picture

We loved this stew, it was rich, spicy and fruity but not overpowering. We added more apricots and the juice of half a lemon to add a little sweetness. Couldn't find the spices in store, but ordered them on-line from Tesco. Will definitely be making again.

shirls1's picture

Delicious and easy to make. Kids loved it as it was not too spicy. Will definitely make again.

darrenharris7's picture

Top recipe. Easy to make and got thumbs up from my 2.5 year old son....YUM!

cheetarawlings's picture

I managed to get the spice Ras-El-Hanout from Waitrose.
This recipe is really very easy and absolutely delicous. I popped mine in the slow cooker for a few hours to finish it off and will be making this again and again. A real winter warmer.

toddy79's picture

What other middle eastern spices are there????? Anyone know where's best to get them from for this recipe?

jburton's picture

annam.... I don't see any reason why not. If i were to use chicken i would use chicken thigh on the bone, it may take a little longer to cook but i find thigh on the bone more flavorsome and juicy than that of chicken breast (but its just personal choice).

juliataylor63's picture

gorgeous. Wonderfully hearty on a winters day. Managed to find ras the spice from lakeland at £2.49.

amyndaz's picture

Both of us loved this stew as it was something different..especially enjoyed the cous cous as we usually have rice, potatoes or pasta.

I sprinkled a few sliced almonds into mine which I had some left over from another recipe.

kiera456's picture

So quick and easy to make and tastes delicious!


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