Monday, 23 June 2014


For my 2nd stop on my Around the world in 80 dishes, I chose the country Oman.
After a few google searches I came across a very tasty looking Omani dish - Lamb Kabouli.
It's a fantastic dish (and one I'm sure I will return to many a time in the future) that is a little like a lamb biriyani only lighter, more fragrant and with chickpeas, parley and lime juice giving it more a middle eastern taste. Here's how it's done.

For the Spice Mix:
3 cloves of garlic
A large thumb of fresh ginger
1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of cardomon seeds
2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
Half a teaspoon of turmeric
Juice of 1 lime
Glug of olive oil
A dash of water
(Blend all of the above into a paste)

For the rest of the dish:
Basmati rice
Tin of chickpeas
1 large onion
Cinnamon stick
600g of diced lamb
2 cups of water
Butternut squash
Curly leaf parsley
Finely chop a large onion & brown on a high heat in a little oil. Remove half the onion from pan and put aside for later. Add the blended spice mix and fry for a minute. Turn down the heat to a medium heat and add the lamb, season with salt and throw in about 10-12 whole peppercorns. Cover with 2 cups of water and add half a dozen cloves and a cinnamon stick (remember to fish these out when serving). Turn down to a low heat and simmer for 1hr 20.
Meanwhile cube a butternut squash and carrots spread out on a baking tray, drizzle with oil, salt & pepper and roast for 40 mins in the oven.
Throw in the tin of chickpeas to the lamb after an hour and boil up some basmati rice, when the rice is partially cooked - with about 10 mins remaining - gently ladle on the lamb and remaining liquid on top but not stirred in to the rice. Cook for the remaining 10 mins until the rice is finished. Serve with plenty of fresh chopped curly parsley, and the roasted vegetables.
I hope you enjoy the taste of Oman as much as I did!

Countries to go: 78

Countries done:
#1 Peru
#2 Oman

Keep following the Greedy Mancunians to see what country I 'visit' next!

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