Saffron lamb with carrots and celery

PUBLISHED: 12:07 29 November 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 May 2010

Ingredients 900g (2lb) shoulder of lamb, cubed 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tsp ground ginger a large pinch of saffron strands 1/2 tsp turmeric 3 tbsps olive oil 3 tbsps fresh coriander 1 onion, peeled and chopped salt and black pepper 4 sticks o

Ingredients

900g (2lb) shoulder of lamb, cubed

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 tsp ground ginger

a large pinch of saffron strands

1/2 tsp turmeric

3 tbsps olive oil

3 tbsps fresh coriander

1 onion, peeled and chopped

salt and black pepper

4 sticks of celery

450g (1lb) carrots

50g (2oz) stoned black olives

4 tbsps lemon juice

Method

PRE-heat the oven to Gas Mark 3, 160 deg C, 325 deg F.

Soak the saffron strands in a little hot water for a few minutes until you have a yellow liquid. In an ovenproof casserole, mix together the cubed meat, garlic, turmeric, saffron water, ginger, coriander and onion.

Season with salt and pepper, cover with 300ml water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, stir well, cover and cook in the pre-heated oven for 11/2 hours, stirring occasionally if possible. Add a little water if it gets too dry.

Wash the celery stalks well and peel off any strings. Cut into chunks. Peel the carrots and cut into chunks.

Add the vegetables to the casserole and continue to cook for 20 minutes, then add the lemon juice and olives, stir well and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Serve straight away with rice or potatoes.

JUDY BROADWAY

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