Slow Cooked Middle Eastern Lamb, Chickpea and Fig Stew

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Slow cooked meals are incredibly satisfying in that they’re ready when you get home after a long hard day and because so much flavour is infused during the slow cooking process. The rich Middle Eastern contents of this stew make it an especially mouth-watering meal.

Serves 8

You Will Need:

rice bran or olive oil

1 kg boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cubed

3 large onions, halved and thinly sliced

4-6 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1 cinnamon stick

1 can less-sodium beef broth

540 mL can chick peas, drained

1-2 cups baby carrots

1 cup dried figs, halved

salt and pepper

fresh mint, if you like

Method:

Heat a drizzle of oil in a skillet and brown the lamb in batches, without crowding the pan, transferring to the slow cooker as you go. (No need to cook them through, just brown them to add flavour.)

Add a little more oil and then brown the onions and garlic; add to the slow cooker. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add to the slow cooker along with the ginger, spices and stock.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. At around the 4 hour mark, add the chick peas, carrots and figs. When you’re ready to eat, season with salt and pepper and if you like, stir in some fresh mint (or scatter it on top).

We like to serve with some good quality bread.

 
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