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Lamb and Butter Bean Stew

Yemini Inspired Spicy Lamb Stew

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


This lamb stew is inspired by Yemini cuisine and made with lamb shoulder, vegetables and butter beans cooked in a lightly spicy tomato broth. #lamb #stew #beans #stew #onepot


Units Scale
  • 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 cardamom 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 a 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 the 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.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Category: Lamb, Stew
  • Method: simmering
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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

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