We get good lamb around these parts.
It is my feeling that if you are going to eat meat, then you need to at least eat the best quality of products. From farms that treat the animals ethically and under the best circumstances.
And I am also of the feeling that you can eat meat, without having to eat a LOT of meat.
This lamb and lentil stew is a perfect example of that.
I started with a fairly small amount of meat, about a pound, cut into bite size chunks and brown them in your Dutch oven in a little olive oil.
Once well browned, all a large onion coarsely sliced and or chopped so that you have nice big pieces.
Stir those in with the lamb meat. Cook until then are wilted down and even a little brown is okay because it adds flavour.
Then add about a cup of rinsed green lentils and stir them into the mix.
Now add the flavouring. This is what I used, but feel free to come up with your own:
- 2-3 minced fresh garlic
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp smokey paprika
- six dried dates finely chopped
Add all of these and mix in well. Then add:
- one can of tomato paste
Stir in to coat everything well.
Then add about 4 cups of water or stock of your choice.
Stir well and then put on high and cover till it comes up to the boil. Then turn down to a low simmer.
The longer you can leave it the better, but keep checking it and adding more liquid if you need it. Cook until the lentils are tender and you have a nice thick sauce.
We had it on a bed of couscous.