Gluten free │ Dairy free │ Paleo
Serves: 2 | Total Time: 35 minutes
- 200g lamb strips
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 teaspoon each ground ginger, cumin, cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tomatoes, crushed
- 1 cup vegetable stock*
- 200g chickpeas (or 150g dried^)
- 2 Tablespoons pine nuts
- 12 preservative-free prunes, pitted (ie. Sunsweet)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
* If you have a Thermomix, use 1 Tablespoon vegetable stock paste with 1 cup water.
^ I recommend using dried chickpeas over canned, if possible. Pre-preparation includes soaking and boiling chickpeas. Method: pour about 150g dried chickpeas into a large container and fill with 750ml water. Leave out to soak overnight. The next day, drain and rinse. Then, place into saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
- Heat coconut oil in a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan over moderate heat, and add lamb strips. Cook until browned; about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In a food processor, blitz onion and garlic until finely diced. Thermomix: 2 sec/speed 6. Add to pan together with ginger, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric. Saute until spices give off a fragrant smell; about 3 minutes.
- In a food processor, blitz tomatoes and 5 prunes until crushed. Thermomix: 3 sec/speed 6. Add to pan, together with stock.
- Reduce heat slightly and cook for about 15 minutes, allowing sauce to thicken.
- Meanwhile, add pine nuts to a dry fry pan over moderate-low heat. Stir nuts until lightly browned; about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
- Once sauce starts to thicken, add lamb strips back in, along with chickpeas and remaining prunes. Cook for a further 8-10 minutes.
- Once ready, stir through coriander, top with pine nuts and serve with a side of steamed vegetables.
- Enjoy this delicious combination of flavours and textures!
Note: To speed up cook time, skip sauteing; so replace steps 2 and 3 with: add onion, garlic, spices, tomato and 5 prunes to food processor and blitz together. Thermomix: 5 sec/speed 6. Add to pan together with stock, then continue with steps 4-8.
This dish is also nice done with chicken instead of lamb!