Lamb, Lentil and Chickpea Stew

This lamb, lentil and chickpea stew is the perfect winter warmer.

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp ground allspice
• 1 tsp salt
• Fresh pepper
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• ½ tsp saffron threads
• ½ tsp ground cardamoms
• 1 kg lamb shoulder, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 4 shallots, chopped
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tbsp tomato paste (kunserva)
• 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
• 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
• 2 celery sticks
• Handful fresh coriander
• Handful fresh parsley
• 150g brown lentils
• 150g red lentils
• 1 tin (400g) chickpeas
• 3 bay leaves
• 3 whole cloves
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 egg per person, poached
• 1 lemon, juice only

Method

1. Place the allspice, turmeric, nutmeg, saffron, cardamom, salt and pepper into a bowl and combine.
2. Pour the half the spice mixture over the lamb and mix well with your hands, making sure all of the lamb is well-coated.
3. In a heavy-based stockpot over high heat, heat some olive oil and brown the lamb on all sides.
4. Add the shallots and cook until translucent, approx. 5 mins.
5. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds.
6. Add the tomatoes and cook until they start to release their juices, approx. 5 mins, followed by the carrots and celery. Cook until starting to soften, approx. 3 more mins.
7. Scatter over the coriander and parsley and cook until fragrant.
8. Pour over 8 litres of boiling water and bring to the boil.
9. Reduce the heat to low and add the lentils, chickpeas, bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
10. Cover and cook for approx. 1½ hours until the meat falls apart, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
11. Stir in the lemon the juice and serve in individual bowls with a poached egg.

Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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