Persian lamb shoulder

Persian lamb shoulder

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • 1 hour
  • 5 hours
  • Springfield Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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  • 2.5 kg free-range lamb shoulder on the bone
  • 4–6 sprigs rosemary  
  • 6 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 t cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 T coriander seeds, toasted
  • 1 T smoked paprika 
  • 1 t dried chilli 
  • 6 T olive oil 
  • 4 sticks celery, cut into chunks
  • 2 red onions, cut into chunks
  • 2 x 400 g cans cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 sticks Woolworths lamb or vegetable stock concentrate 
  • 250 g red lentils 
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 650 g Woolworths baby beetroot 
  • 1 T sherry vinegar
  • tahini, for drizzling
  • plain yoghurt, for serving
  • lemon, for serving
  • Woolworths naan bread or pita bread, toasted, for serving
  • fresh mint, for serving

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Make small, deep incisions into the lamb using a small, sharp knife and stuffthe rosemary and garlic into the incisions.

2. Crush the cumin and coriander seeds, then mix with the paprika, dried chilli and 4 T olive oil and rub onto the lamb. Season to taste.

3. Place the celery, onions, tomatoes and stock in a deep roasting pan. Top with the lamb and cover tightly with tinfoil.

4. Reduce the oven’s temperature to 180°C and roast for 3½ hours. Uncover and roast for a further 30 minutes, increasing the oven’s temperature to 200°C. Remove from the roasting pan and rest for 30 minutes before serving.

5. Add the lentils to the roasting tray and stir through. Add 1 cup water if necessary and roast for 30–45 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked.

6. Place the beetroot on a sheet of tinfoil, drizzle with the sherry vinegar and remaining olive oil and season. Wrap up and roast for 1 hour. Peel and drizzle with the tahini and scatter with mint.

7. Serve the lamb with the beetroot, yoghurt, lemon juice, lentils and toasted naan or pita breads.

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Photographs: Myburgh Du Plessis
Food assistants: Claire-ellen Van Rooyen and Kate Ferreira

Hannah Lewry Recipe by: Hannah Lewry
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