Moroccan lamb stew recipe

By: Nikki and Jordan Shearer

Check out this easy Moroccan lamb stew recipe by Masterchef NZ runners-up Nikki and Jordan Shearer.

Lamb _stew

Serves 2-4

It’s not often that we have the pleasure of slow cooking when we are on the road. But, with a pressure cooker you can get the same hearty warm stew feeling in much less than half the time.

Spice paste

  • ½ tsp ground caraway seeds
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 3 red chillies, very finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • ½ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 500g diced lamb
  • 200ml red wine
  • 2 cups lamb or beef stock
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • ¾ cup prunes
  • 1 cup butternut pumpkin, chopped into 3cm cubes 

To serve

  • natural unsweetened yoghurt
  • fresh mint 


  1. Combine all spice paste ingredients together well with the olive oil and set aside.
  2. Season flour with salt and pepper and coat diced lamb.
  3. Heat a large pot or pressure cooker on a medium-high heat with 4 Tbsp olive oil. Brown off lamb pieces in batches to achieve a nice colour on the lamb. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Turn the heat down, adding a splash more olive oil if needed. Fry off spice paste for one minute, then add wine, allowing the wine to remove the bits stuck on the bottom of the pot.
  5. Return lamb back to pot, along with red onion, prunes and stock.
  6. If using a pressure cooker - once pressure has been reached cook for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes remove from heat, release pressure, stir and add pumpkin. Heat until pressure is reached again and cook for a further 10 minutes or until lamb is tender. If using a stove top - Cover and simmer slowly on your stovetop for about 2 hours or until lamb is tender, adding pumpkin after 1 ½ hours.
  7. To serve top with natural yoghurt, fresh mint and crusty bread alongside.

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