Spiced mutton stew with apricots #Christmas #ChristmasRecipes

This cheaper cut of meat is decrease done to flawlessness with African spices and apricots.


½ a leg of mutton or a kilo of stewing lamb
250g/9oz hunza apricots, or organic, unsulphured dried apricots
2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
3 large carrots , peeled and cut into 2cm/¾in chunks
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, lightly crushed
6 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
a few small pieces dried ginger root (or1 tsp powdered)
pinch of mace
lamb/mutton stock or beef stock, in a pinch
1 glass white wine
125g/4½oz good fruit chutney
salt and freshly black pepper

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