Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds & mint

Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds & mint

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Cooking time

Prep: 2 hrs

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 4

This hearty and healthy stew is perfect to share with your friends and family

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
441
protein
34g
carbs
23g
fat
24g
saturates
6g
fibre
0g
sugar
0g
salt
0g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 550g lean lamb, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700ml lamb or chicken stock
  • grated zest and juice 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 175g ready-to-eat dried apricots
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 25g toasted flaked almonds
  • steamed broccoli and couscous, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the lamb and cook over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until evenly browned, stirring often. Remove the lamb to a plate, using a slotted spoon.
  2. Stir the onion and garlic into the casserole and cook gently for 5 minutes until softened. Return the lamb to the pot. Add the stock, zest and juice, cinnamon, honey and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for 1 hour.
  3. Add the apricots and two-thirds of the mint and cook for 30 minutes until the lamb is tender. Stir in the ground almonds to thicken the sauce. Serve with the remaining mint and toasted almonds scattered over the top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2002

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Tinny29's picture
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I added ground cinnamon, coriander and a pinch of cumin. Didn't use the orange juice just the stock. Tasted beautiful.

anniepickwell's picture
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I added some ras el hanout which made just amazing. Cooked it in the slow cooker too so the lamb was melt in your mouth. I might add some red lentils next time too.

natalyy's picture
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Delicious! Didn't put any honey and it was just right.

stelaholder's picture

Really nice flavours. Great recipe. Served it with couscous and homemade flatbreads. Yum

lucyn04's picture

This was so delicious, we didn't find it too sweet or too orangey at all. Added a tin of chick peas, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1/2 a teaspoon of ground corriander and it tasted great, will be making it again!

emily619's picture

yummy recipe! it is quite sweet as others have mentioned, but i liked the sweetness, didn't think it was too much. we had it with basmati rice, which worked well. will definitely make again

suzymhall's picture
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Really easy and tastes amazing. Will definitely be making this one again.

nafarros's picture
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This dish is delicious! Easy to make; the lamb is super tender and super tasty. I made if for a little dinner party and everybody loved it. Shall definitely make this again.

xlittlestephx's picture
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Wasn't over keen on this as it was a bit too orangey! Maybe I added to much juice or zest. I may try it again but minus the orange. I was very disappointed as it sounds and looks delicious and is highly recommended by others. I must have gone wrong somewhere :-(

felawrence's picture
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I left out honey as worried would be too sweet. A little watery but tasted delicious and kids enjoyed it too. Served with cous cous, green salad and warm bread. Perfect for a Sunday lunch with friends.

truebluesteve's picture
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This is very easy to make but the tastes are wonderful. I think you would struggle to feed 4 with the quantities suggested though!

mikey_bebop's picture
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Easy to make and delicious to taste. The lamb simply melts in the mouth.

kyleekins's picture
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Agree with the comments above, this recipe is very easy and in that sense good for a dinner party. At the end I simmered it uncovered with a little cornflour in order to thicken the watery sauce. I'm not sure I would make it again though as I thought it lacked flavour aside from sweetness. I feel the spicing needs to be upped quite a lot in order to deliver on the flavour front. Maybe adding some cumin or ground coriander when browning off the meat and onions would help. Not sure.

jillider's picture

I love this recipe but was a bit sweet for my taste too. I leave out the honey and reduce the amount of almonds which I chop too as others did. A great dish though and will have again and again.

jillider's picture

I love this recipe but was a bit sweet for my taste too. I leave out the honey and reduce the amount of almonds which I chop too as others did. A great dish though and will have again and again.

frenchkitchen's picture
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Went down well with the family but I would leave out the apricots and honey next time as it was too sweet for our liking. Didn't have couscous or french bread, so had with plain rice which was OK.

To be honest I prefer lamb hotpot to the Moroccan style.

monbon's picture
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I often make this after a night shift, I throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker, family love it.

pipsandy's picture
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Tastes fantastic

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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I made this as part of a Moroccan dinner for my mum's birthday. I did add a couple of spoons of harissa paste to give it a spice boost. Served with herby couscous and was well received.

william127's picture
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Was a nice change, but a bit too sweet, I did fried rice with it,which went well. Might add a bit of spice next time!

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