So delicious. I tried this recipe from the marvellous book, ‘Nightingales and Roses’ by Maryam Sinaiee. I had to order the grapes pickled in brine from Persepolis in Peckham. They also have excellent quality saffron and other essential Persian spices. If you can’t get pickled grapes, something else sour would do, such as lime or lemon juice, or small gooseberries.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- around 400g boned lamb, for example, leg steaks or boned shoulder, cut into fairly large chunks.
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- a pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 25g butter
- 500g carrots (around 5 medium carrots) chopped into batons around 3cm long.
- a tiny pinch of saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water
- 4 tbsp pickled sour grapes.
- Over a medium heat, fry the onion in the olive oil, until beginning to brown.
- Add the meat, turmeric, cinnamon and cumin, and fry until the meat is browned.
- Stir in the tomato paste and salt, and stir and cook for another couple of minutes. Pour over enough boiling water to cover the meat, bring to a simmer and set to cook over a low heat for an hour and a quarter or so.
- Meanwhile, cut the carrots into batons and fry in the butter until beginning to caramelise at the edges.
- When the meat is almost cooked, combine with the carrots and add the saffron water, and continue to cook for a further 15 minutes or so.
- Check the seasoning, add the pickled grapes and stir. When you are sure the meat is really tender, serve with basmati rice.