Lamb and Butter Bean Stew with bread

Lamb and Butter Bean Stew

Lamb and Butter Bean Stew garnished with fresh cilantro


       If you ever find yourself near a Yemeni restaurant, definitely go in.  We recently discovered this unique and wonderful cuisine from a local restaurant here in Malaysia and it soon became our favorite take out spot.  A mixture of Middle Eastern with Indian flavors and influences here and there and very LARGE pieces of bread to go with it all: we were straightaway in love with Yemini food and obscenely full!


       Obviously, that kind of flavor combination inspired me to do my own experimentation.  Humble ingredients like butter beans, potatoes, tomatoes, carrot and celery are stewed in the most vibrant combination of spices and juicy lamb.  The end result puts all of my other rainy day stews to shame.


       For this recipe you can use any cut of lamb you fancy.  However, I prefer to use lamb shoulder since its got the right amount of fat with the added bonus of bones that simmer in the sauce.  If you are less primal than me and don’t like gnawing meat off the bone, go with something boneless.  Just don’t skimp on the spice!



Lamb and Butter Bean Stew garnished with fresh cilantro




Lamb and Butter Bean Stew

Lamb and Butter Bean Stew


A rustic stew inspired by Yemini cuisine of lamb, vegetables and butter beans cooked in a broth of tomato, chicken stock and Indian spices. #lamb #stew #beans #stew #onepot



  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 medium sized carrot
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 medium-large sized potato
  • 500 g / 18 oz lamb shoulder
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 3 green cardamon pods (cut in half)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) chicken stock
  • 1 can ( 400 g/ 14 oz ) stewed tomatoes (crushed)
  • 1 can butter beans (washed and drained)


  1. Dice the onions and mince the garlic.  Chop the carrot, celery, red bell pepper and potato into bite sized pieces about 1 inch/ 2 cm big.
  2. Chop the lamb up into similar sized pieces as best as you can.  Keep the bones.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pot and cook over high heat.  Add cloves and cinnamon stick and let fry in the oil for a minute or so, then add the lamb and lamb bones.  Lightly season with salt and pepper and cook until browned on all sides.  Remove lamb and spices from pot, place on a plate and set aside.
  4. In the remaining oil, add 2 tbsp of butter and cook over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots, potatoes, and  red bell pepper.  Lightly season with salt and pepper and cook until vegetables are soft.
  5. Once vegetables have softened, add turmeric, cumin, coriander and cardamon. Stir and cook until fragrant (about a minute).
  6. Add lamb (with cinnamon stick and cloves) and stir to combine.
  7. Turn heat to high, add chicken stock and crushed tomatoes.
  8. Once at a boil, add beans, turn heat down to low/medium low and cook at a simmer until lamb is tender and stew is to your desired consistency (about 1 hour).
  9. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a crusty bread when ready to serve.

  • Category: Lamb, Stew
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Lamb, Stew, butter beans, Yemini, one pot dinner







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