Lamb & Celery Stew (Khoresht-e-Karafs)

Lamb and cellary stew
Lamb & Celery Stew

Ingredients

2 medium sized onions

250g Diced shoulder of lamb

350g Celery sticks

5 tblsp oil (vegetable oil)

1 tsp tumeric powder

1tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 a bunch of mint leaves (washed)

1/2 bunch of parsley leaves (washed)

2 tblsp lemon or 1 whole dry lime

Method

Chop 1 whole onion.

Pour 5 tblsp of oil in a cooking pot and fry the chopped onions.

lamb and cellary stew - onions

Fry until golden brown.

lamb and cellary stew - fried onions

Add the tumeric.

lamb and cellary stew - fried onions with tumeric

Add the diced lamb pieces.

lamb and cellary stew - lamb onions and tumeric

Fry the tumeric and lamb in the onions on a medium heat.

lamb and cellary stew - fried lamb and onions

Add the salt and ground black pepper and give it quick fry. Reduce the heat and cover.

lamb and cellary stew - fried lamb onions

Wash the mint and the parsley. Place in a blender. Add 1 cup of cold water and blend until smooth.

lamb and cellary stew - parsley and mint

Pour the mint and parsley blend to the lamb.

lamb and cellary stew - lamb with parsley-mint puree

Stir well and cover the top.

lamb and cellary stew - fried lamb and parsley-mint puree

At this point you can either wash a dry lime (as show in the picture below) or juice a lemon and add 2 tblsp of lemon juice to the lamb.

lamb and cellary stew - dry lime

I’ve added dry lime here.

Add 4 cups of cold water to the lamb. Cover the top and raise the heat back to medium.

lamb and cellary stew - water and dry lime

Wash the celery and chop into roughly 1 inch pieces.

lamb and cellary stew - cellary stickslamb and cellary stew - chopped cellary sticks

In a separate pan fry 1 chopped onion until golden brown.

Add 1 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.

lamb and cellary stew - fried onions and spice for cellary

Add the chopped celery to the fried onions and fry for 2 minutes.

lamb and cellary stew - cellary and fried onions

Pour the fried celery in with the lamb and mix gently.

lamb and cellary stew - added cellary and fried onions

Cover the top and keep on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low and allow the stew to cook for 45 minutes or until the stew has reduced to 2 cups water and the lamb is cooked through.

lamb and cellary stew - boil cellary and fried onions

This is a lovely stew and truly brings out the flavour of celery without overwhelming the dish.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. This recipe is new to me. Mutton cooked with celery.

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    1. L K Bonabi says:

      Hi Reena, This is a very traditional Iranian dish usually served at home. Let me know how you get on 🙂

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      1. Sure. Pls have a look in my recipes too and tell me if u like it. Thanks.

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