Tas Kebab (Persian Lamb and Vegetable Stew)


Persian tas kebab includes quince, which turns the stew into an aromatic fusion of vegetables and meat. Season as desired and serve with naan.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 onions, sliced 1/2-inch thick

  • 1 pound lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced (Optional)

  • ½ cup pitted prunes

  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 1 quince, cored and sliced

  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices

  • 1 tomato, sliced

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup tomato juice

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (Optional)

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and sliced


  1. Pour oil into a pot. Cover the bottom of the pot with onions; add lamb. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon.

  2. Layer garlic, ginger, prunes, carrots, quince, eggplant, and tomato onto the seasoned lamb. Sprinkle with 1 pinch of salt. Pour in water, tomato juice, and lemon juice.

  3. Cook, covered, over low heat, until lamb is tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Add potatoes and cover. Cook until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 2 green apples for the quince if desired.

This stew can be cooked with lamb or beef and any vegetables desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
11g Fat
71g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 496mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 14g 51%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 63mg 316%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1899mg 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.