This is a traditional Afghan stew recipe made with lamb, and seasoned with cumin and cilantro. Lean beef stew meat may be substituted for the lamb.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1/2 cup of oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion, and fry gently until transparent. Increase heat to medium, and add garlic and stew meat. Cook, stirring frequently, until meat is browned on the outside. Pour in the water, and season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and cumin. Bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to low. Cover the pan, and continue cooking for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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  • Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice, and cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Add 6 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook loosely covered for about 30 minutes, or until rice is tender.

  • Add spinach and cilantro to the meat mixture, and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. Mound the rice on a platter, and spoon some of the lamb stew over. Put remaining stew in a separate serving bowl.

Nutrition Facts

740.2 calories; 30.9 g protein; 77 g carbohydrates; 73.7 mg cholesterol; 87.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2004
This was excellent. I did follow some other reviewer suggestions though: I used much less oil - not quite a 1/4 of a cup I coated the beef in seasoned (cumin pepper cayenne pepper) flour and I added a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes. As with most sauces/stews it's even better the next day. Works well with the Indian Basmati Rice on this site and would probably be good over noodles as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2007
We found this bland and boring and I used LOTS of cayenne Read More
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2004
This was excellent. I did follow some other reviewer suggestions though: I used much less oil - not quite a 1/4 of a cup I coated the beef in seasoned (cumin pepper cayenne pepper) flour and I added a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes. As with most sauces/stews it's even better the next day. Works well with the Indian Basmati Rice on this site and would probably be good over noodles as well. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2004
This was excellent. I did follow some other reviewer suggestions though: I used much less oil - not quite a 1/4 of a cup I coated the beef in seasoned (cumin pepper cayenne pepper) flour and I added a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes. As with most sauces/stews it's even better the next day. Works well with the Indian Basmati Rice on this site and would probably be good over noodles as well. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2008
I'm giving this only 4 stars because I used the recipe only as a base adding variations suggested by other reviewers. I used leftover grilled lamb kebabs from Easter which were already well spiced with cumin and coriander. To that base I added canned tomato and chickpeas as suggested by others plus the rest of the recipe ingredients. It made a great stew that was wonderful over the basmati rice and was not too spicy for the kids (I added harisa to mine to pump up the heat!). Thanks for a good recipe and thanks to the other reviewers for making it great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2004
Excellent - I made a couple of small adjustments. I am trying to cut down on oil so I used just a short pour of oil(worked fine you don't need it to cook the onions and the fat from the meat is more than plenty to add the richness) I dredged the meat in flour before browning it to give it a bit more caramelizing (and because it helps the meat to hold it's juice it is every bit as tender). I added Chick Peas. I added a bit of the chickpea liquid as I went on because the sauce was getting a bit cooked down and it helped both with making more of a sauce but also the starch thickened it nicely. I think both the Cilantro and Spinach could be substitutes with any non-sweet leafy green - I like the bitter green in things like this but I am sure others prefer the less assertive spinach. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2005
Good flavors but it came out too watery...I recommend to cut down on the water just a little bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2005
First off to anyone who might be turned off by all of the oil called for in this recipe it is DEFINITELY not necessary. I used about 2 tbsps for the stew and another 2 tbsps for the rice and it came out DELICIOUS! I love this dish! Lamb spinach cilantro? How can you go wrong? Five stars! Six if I could because it's also low in fat (if you cut out all the oil which like I said isn't necessary). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2005
This recipe was very good. I had to use beef instead of lamb because I couldn't find it at the store. I can't wait to make it with lamb next time. I'm sure it will be even better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2012
This was a huge hit! Followed recipe only doubled the spices. I cooked the lamb mix the night before then next morning put in a crock pot to simmer the day away. Added the spinach and cilantro about half an hour before serving...AMAZING!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2009
This is a great recipe. I was worried about it being too watery at first so i let it cook an extra 10 minutes. once it was finished i put the rice on a platter and poured the meat and gravy down the middle making a straight line. i added some cilantro around the side for decoration Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2006
I can't remember if gave a review for this recipe. This is a wonderful recipe. The ingredients are staples in my home. The flavors are subtle. I used chicken for this recipe and cook it for the same amount of time. I eyeball the spices everything is in harmony with each other. I toss in fresh spinach but frozen spinach goes over just fine too. chomps licking good Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2007
We found this bland and boring and I used LOTS of cayenne Read More
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