Posts Tagged ‘Lamb neck’

This is delicious and you can prep it all in advance. If you like you can cook for the initial 1 hour and 15 minutes earlier in the day, then bring back to a simmer before adding the chickpeas and dates and putting back into the oven for the final 40 minutes.

Wine Suggestion: We think juicy, but elegant Shiraz from the Clare Valley is hard to beat with lamb and warm spices so we opened Killikanoon’s Killerman’s Run Shiraz and enjoyed the delightful plum and sloe flavours with the elegant spicy tannins adding their own to the dish.

Lamb and chickpea tagine – serves 6

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 750g lamb neck, cut into chunks and seasoned well
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 400ml chicken stock, plus extra to make the couscous
  • 400g tin cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted and halved
  • 660g jar chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 300g couscous
  • 50g butter, diced
  • a large bunch of coriander, leaves picked and stems reserved for the spice paste


  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • a walnut-sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 4 cloves, ground
  • 4 allspice berries, ground
  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a large bunch of coriander stalks, reserve the leaves to add at the end

Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.

Put all of ingredients for the spice paste into a small food processor and whizz to a paste.

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy casserole and brown the lamb in batches until well browned all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the spice paste to the casserole and cook for a few minutes, until fragrant. Add the carrots, red onion, chicken stock, tinned tomatoes and cinnamon stick. Then stir in the browned lamb. Bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Stir in the dates and chickpeas and return to the oven for a further 40 minutes.

To make the couscous, put the couscous into a heatproof bowl and add the diced butter and some seasoning. Add enough just-boiled stock to cover, then cover the bowl with a plate or cling film and leave to steam for about 10 minutes. Fork through to separate the grains then stir some chopped coriander leaves. Scatter the rest of the chopped coriander leaves over the lamb and chickpeas before serving.

(Original recipe by Janine Ratcliffe, in Olive Magazine, January 2020.)


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Howrah Express

Brown food is just not photogenic but this really is a delicious lamb curry. Lamb neck is one of our favourite cuts; cheap and meltingly tender when cooked slowly.

Wine Suggestion: We’ve yet to find a wine that we think works with the intense flavours in this dish. Try an Indian beer such as Singah.

Cinnamon Lamb Curry – serves 8

  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin of plum tomatoes
  • 1½ tsp garam masala
  • 1¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1.2kg lamb neck fillet, chopped into chunks
  • 150ml full-fat yoghurt, whisked

Heat the oil in a large, heavy casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the onions when the oil is hot and fry until golden, about 8-10 minutes, then add the garlic and stir-fry for another couple of minutes.

Pour the tinned tomatoes into a bowl and crush a little with your hands before adding to the casserole. Cook for about 6 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Add the garam masala, chilli powder, cumin, cinnamon and salt, and mix. Add the lamb and cook until sealed all over. Add the yoghurt one spoon at a time while slowly stirring (to prevent splitting) and then add 200ml of warm water – you want it to just cover the lamb.

Bring the mixture to the boil, then cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 1½ hours or until the lamb is soft and falling apart. Take the lid off the pan and reduce the sauce to a consistency you like, then remove from the heat. Season to taste and serve with naan breads or steamed rice.

(Original recipe from Made in India by Meera Sodha, Penguin, 2014.)

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