Moroccan cuisine is known for its rich flavors, spices, and aromatic dishes, and one of the most popular dishes is Moroccan lamb. With the right ingredients, you can enjoy this dish without breaking the bank. Here's a simple recipe that serves one person on a budget.
Purchase meat when it is at it's best seasonal price. Consider off cuts rather than a prime display rack of lamb.
1 small boneless lamb shoulder or leg, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pan and cook until the onion is translucent.
Add the lamb to the pan and cook until browned on all sides.
Stir in the spices (paprika, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne pepper) and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour in the water or chicken broth and add the chopped tomatoes.
Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce the heat to low.
Let the lamb simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened.
Stir in the chopped cilantro (optional) and serve over a bed of steaming rice or with a side of crusty bread.
This recipe is simple, affordable, and perfect for a weeknight dinner for one. The spices add depth and flavor to the lamb, and the tomatoes and cilantro add freshness. This dish is also versatile and can be adjusted to your taste preferences. Add more cayenne pepper for heat, or use chicken instead of lamb for a budget-friendly alternative.
In conclusion, you don't have to sacrifice flavor for cost when it comes to cooking a delicious Moroccan lamb dish. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of Morocco in the comfort of your own home!
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