Aromatic lamb with dates

Aromatic lamb with dates

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A warming one-pot with a Moroccan feel, perfect served with couscous

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
343
protein
28g
carbs
30g
fat
14g
saturates
5g
fibre
3g
sugar
15g
salt
0.35g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 500g diced boneless lean lamb, preferably from the leg
  • 300g sweet potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 50g pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and lamb, then quickly fry until the lamb is lightly browned.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes and spices, then mix well. Pour in 425ml boiling water and the tomato purée, then bring to the boil.
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 mins until sweet potatoes and lamb are tender, adding the dates for the final 10 mins. Sprinkle with coriander and serve with couscous.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2008

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danielindley's picture
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My husband cooked this last night, lovely taste, even the kids of 6 and 8 loved it...would recommned it to all

brownr1's picture
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Simple and delicious. I put in just 1 tsp of cinnamon, which was plenty and simmered it for about 20 minutes. Some of the sweet potato chunks broke down and thickened the sauce. A hit!

poshpause's picture

I cooked this in the slow cooker, as one member of the family has issues with tough meat. Regrettably, it came up so greasy (the lamb fat rendered down to liquid) that it quite spoiled the whole thing. I found it edible, but my husband and son didn't.

clairecv's picture
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Very tasty, quite sweet but a nice change. I did cook the lamb for longer though, as I tasted it after the 15 mins and it was still a bit chewy, so simmered for 40 mins.

sarahcookerybook's picture
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Gorgeous. I love anything Moroccan (carpets, slippers, men...). I didn't have any dates in the house when I made this, so I substituted apricots instead, and couldn't resist adding a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

dawn_b's picture
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This was too sweet for us, I'm going to try it again but will balance the sweetness with something hot or sour.

sanariababan's picture

Not nice at all, the spices were horrible together, specially the cinnamon..leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

srwood's picture
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Now a firm favourite in our household. Went away with friends at New Year and made a big batch - people were going back for 3rds! Fab.

sallyallars's picture
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loved the flavour of this recipe. Definitely a family favourite now, served with couscous. Played about with the spices and seasoning until got the right flavour for me.

charliedyer's picture
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Great for a quick tasty meal... I turn away from the kitchen if anything takes me more than 20 minutes so this meal is perfect if you're anything like me. The bonus is that it's really tasty. If you want to thicken the sauce then just add a tablespoon of flour to the mix.

falconer's picture

Very easy to make, but I found the cinnamon very strong, also i thougth the sauce/gravy very thin, not a real winner for me

Annie4A's picture
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i made this with lamb as directed , but couldn't get any sweet potatoes , so used butternut squash instead , it was excellent . just goes to show that yiu can improvise and get away with it !! better still served the dasy after ,

Annie4A's picture
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i'm sure you could do this with pork fillet , think that the cooking time should also be ok ,
post the results when tried ,

laurabaker's picture

Can anyone tell me if I can make this with pork fillet instead of lamb??
Thanks

pewter's picture

Very nice.Do not like dates so I guess anything sweet would do.Had no Geeta's mango chutney so added Frank Cooper's marmalade.Result !

hollyj's picture
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As a bit of an amateur, I'm always a bit scared of lamb and new ingredients but I had friends coming for dinner and wanted to impress - this was a winner! Everyone thought I was a master chef and it's easy. Plus I only had to cook cous cous to serve with it - which even I can manage!

andy_pandy's picture
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Quick, easy and tasty - everything I'm looking for in a mid-week meal. Yum.

hollyj's picture
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As a bit of an amateur, I'm always a bit scared of lamb and new ingredients but I had friends coming for dinner and wanted to impress – this was a winner! Everyone thought I was a master chef and it’s easy. Plus I only had to cook cous cous to serve with it – which even I can manage!

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