Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds & mint in black pot

Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds & mint

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(125 ratings)

Prep: 2 hrs

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Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal441
  • fat24g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein34g
  • salt0g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 550g lean lamb, cubed



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 1 onion, chopped



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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700ml lamb or chicken stock
  • grated zest and juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 175g ready-to-eat dried apricots
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 25g ground almonds
  • 25g toasted flaked almonds
  • steamed broccoli and couscous, to serve



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


  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.

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14th Sep, 2013
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
1st Jun, 2013
Really easy and tastes amazing. Will definitely be making this one again.
29th May, 2013
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.
19th Apr, 2013
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 :-(
10th Apr, 2013
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.
31st Mar, 2013
This is very easy to make but the tastes are wonderful. I think you would struggle to feed 4 with the quantities suggested though!
24th Mar, 2013
Easy to make and delicious to taste. The lamb simply melts in the mouth.
24th Mar, 2013
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.
9th Mar, 2013
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.
9th Mar, 2013
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.


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