Bazella ma’a rooz (lamb casserole)

Bazella ma'a rooz (lamb casserole)

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  • 5 to 7
  • Easy
  • Dairy free wheat and gluten free
  • 30 minutes
  • 2 hours
  • Woolworths Fairview Shiraz

Bazella ma'a rooz is a lamb-and-pea casserole. This version is by Teddy Zaki, The Great South African Bake Off finalist and creator of  Just Teddy – Fine Boulangerie & Pâtisserie at Hyde Park Corner.


  • 1 kg leg of lamb, cubed (bone-in optional)
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red or green chilli, seeded (optional) and finely chopped
  • ½ t Woolworths mixed spice
  • ½ t ground cinnamon
  • ½ t ½ t ground cumin
  • 1 T baharat
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 70 g tomato paste
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 t Woolworths balsamic reduction
  • 2 cups water
  • 750 g fresh or frozen peas

Cooking Instructions

1.  In a deep casserole, braise the lamb in the olive oil over a high heat until well browned.

2. Reduce the heat to medium, then add the garlic, chilli, spices and seasoning. Stir well, cooking until the spices become fragrant. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for 8–10 minutes, then add the sugar, balsamic reduction, water and peas.

3. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and braise until the meat is tender, the peas are cooked and the stew has thickened, about 1½ hours.

Cook’s note: Make the rooz il faifal while the stew is cooking.

Find more lamb recipes here. 

Photographs: Elsa Young
Production: Abigail Donnelly

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Teddy Zaki is the creator of Just Teddy – Fine Boulangerie & Pâtisserie at Hyde Park Corner, known for its luxe blend of French and Middle Eastern cuisine. The chef and pâtissier is the author of Just Teddy – Petals from Paris and was also a finalist on The Great South African Bake Off. Follow him on Instagram @just___teddy.

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