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For our Eid meal I counted more guests than I had coming and had prepared a lot more lamb than we needed. Instead of cooking it all I put part of it into the fridge for another meal. But we were really kebab’ed out. Instead for dinner yesterday I made a lentil and lamb dish. I hate to say it’s a tajine because really it’s not. It was pretty healthy and satisfying and got rave reviews from my husband. We also had a round of garlic Afghani bread that I had picked up earlier in the week. They really complimented each other well.

1/2 lb lamb kebabs, in spice mixture
1 cup lentils pre-soaked for 1-2 hours
3 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic chopped
1 tsp each cumin, salt and pepper
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 large tomato, insides grated (discard skin)
4 cups of water

In a pressure cooker or large pot add olive oil and garlic. Allow to saute for 2-3 minutes. Add meat and brown. Add remaining spices, tomato paste and grated tomato. Add lentils and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a low to medium heat. Cover either with pressure cooker top or cover for pot. If using a pressure cook, allow to cook for about 40 minutes, making sure to check water occasionally. The lentils should be soft, not firm, although if you like them with a little bite that is fine. In Morocco lentils are always soft.

Another note – the main component of this dish is not the meat, it’s there as an addition but should not be center stage – that’s why this is a great dish when you just have a little bit of meat left over!

Spice mixture for kebabs
- for 2 lbs of lamb:
– 1 medium onion chopped finely
– 2 tsp garlic chopped
– 1/2 tsp tumeric
– 3 tsp cumin
– 2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp pepper
– enough olive oil to coat meat
allow meat to marinade at least 1 hour, the longer the better!

Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Health is a test

    January 4, 2012 #1 Author

    Just tried this – fabulous, and healthy too if you trim off the fat


  • Amanda

    December 3, 2009 #2 Author

    absolutely I always mix up beef and lamb with whatever I actually have- i'm going to post another recipe for leftover kabobs/lamb tomorrow inshallah!


  • Living in Morocco

    December 3, 2009 #3 Author

    Ooops! Reading this post reminded me that oil should definitely be added to the lamb kabob recipe I posted the other day! Ahhh.

    This sounds good and simple to make too. I might try it with some of the meat we brought home- I'm looking for recipes other than kabobs and this one sounds like I could eat around the meat and still be satisfied. Would it work with beef too, you think?


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