This warming, slow-cooked Iranian lamb dish from home cooks Christina and Bianca Sarafian is served as a broth with the meat alongside
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  • Serves: 8
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 leg or shoulder of lamb, on the bone, excess fat removed
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 small aubergine, diced
  • 1 x 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 dried limes, or 2-3 limes or lemons, juice only
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 x 400 g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 5 potatoes, diced
  • flatbreads and Iranian pickles, to serve

Tips and Suggestions

Pickles are delicious but they are often high in salt, so try not to eat lots. For more information on healthier eating see eatwell.gov.uk


1. Put the lamb, onions, aubergine, tomatoes, dried limes and turmeric into a large pan. Pour in about 2 litres of water, or enough to just cover the lamb. Season with salt and black pepper.

2. Bring to the boil over a high heat then reduce the heat and simmer for 1½ hours.

3. Add the chickpeas and potatoes and simmer for a further 45 minutes, adding more water if needed.

4. Remove the lamb from the broth and set aside. Pour the remaining stew through a sieve into a smaller pan and keep the resulting broth warm over a low heat.

5. Transfer the solid ingredients in the sieve into a large bowl, removing and discarding the dried limes. Pull the lamb meat off the bone and add to the other ingredients in the bowl, discarding the bone.

6. Pound the lamb and other ingredients together to create a coarse paste (a large pestle and mortar works well).

7. Ladle the broth into individual serving bowls and serve as a soup with the pounded meat mixture on separate dishes. Accompany with flatbreads and Iranian pickles.

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