This Slow Cooked Lamb & Rice BLEW MY MIND 🤯

Ingredients:

Hawaij:
2 Tbsp Cumin
2 Tsp Black Peppercorns
2 Tsp Green Cardamom
1 1/2 Tsp Coriander Seeds
1/4 Tsp Cloves
1 Inch piece of Cinnamon

Braised Lamb:
2 Kg Lamb Shoulder
350g Onions
350g Tomatoes
8 Garlic cloves
4 Bay leaves
3 Tbsp Hawaij
4 Tsp Salt
4 Tbsp Vegetable oil
1.5L Lamb or beef Stock
750g Potatoes

Zoug/Sahawiq:
10 sprigs coriander
4 Green Onions
3 sprigs mint
3 Green Chillies
2 Mild Green Peppers
1 Plum tomato
1 clove garlic
1/2 Tsp salt
140 ml Lemon juice

Fried onions:
750g Onions
750ml Vegetable Oil

White rice:
3 Cloves
2-3 Bay Leaves
2 1/2 Cups Basmati Rice
1 Tbsp Onion Oil
1 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp peppercorns
Pinch of saffron

Lamb Spiced rice:
1 1/2 Cups Basmati Rice
50g Yogurt
Green liquid from Sahawiq
Lamb stock
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Directions:

To prepare the meat:
1- Mix the salt, Hawaij and 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil into a paste, then coat the meat in it
2- Add 1 Tbsp of oil to a pan, then sear the meat in it on all sides, until evenly browned
3- Place the meat in your braising vessel, then add 1 Tbsp of oil to the pan
4- Finely chop the onions and tomatoes, and thinly slice the garlic. Add them to the pan over medium heat and deglaze it
5- Cook the vegetables until they start to caramelize then evenly spread over the meat
6- Pour stock over the meat and add the bay leaves then cover. Bake at 180c for 2.5-3 hours until the meat is tender
7- When done, slice the potatoes into large chunks, then place in the dish, and cook for 45 minutes more

To make the Sahawiq:
1- Roughly chop the vegetables, then place in a blender or food processor with the salt
2- Process until very finely chopped then pour into a strainer
3- Allow most of the liquid to strain off till it starts to clump together (Keep the green liquid)
4- Add the lemon juice to the vegetables and then refrigerate until needed

To make the fried onions:
1- Slice the onions very thin, then place them in a cold pan
2- Pour over the oil and turn the heat to high
3- Allow the oil to come to frying temperature, then continuously stir the onions until they brown
4- Once browned sufficiently, pull out the onions and drain them then place on paper towels
5- Salt while hot and change the towels once they become saturated with oil

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To make the white rice:
1- Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil, then add the spices (excluding saffron) and oil
2- Wash your rice thoroughly, then add to the pot, and boil for 5 minutes
3- Once boiled strain the rice, to remove all liquid

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To make the spiced rice:
1- Strain the stock out of the braising dish, leaving behind all of the meat and potatoes
2- Add the yoghurt and green liquid to the stock, then mix well
3- Wash the rice thoroughly and add to the pot, and bring to a boil
4- Boil for 5 minutes then strain

Final assembly:
1- Place the saffron in a small bowl, then pour over some boiling water. Muddle it and let rest for a minute
2- Remove the meat pieces from the dish, and place them ontop of the potatoes
3- Add on the brown rice, spreading it in an even layer
4- Add on the white rice, spread evenly, then pour over the saffron
5- Place the lid back on top then bake for another hour
6- To serve, flip the pot upside down, or layer the rice, then meat, then cover with fried onions and almonds

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