Cinnamon Spiced Lamb with Apricots

Cinnamon Spiced Lamb with Apricots

serves 4


  • 450 g (1 lb) lean Scotch Lamb i.e. neck fillet, leg steaks, cut into bite size cubes

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 1 small green chilli, deseeded and chopped

  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala or mild curry powder (or to taste)

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped or 200 g can chopped tomatoes

  • 200 g (7 oz) "ready to eat" dried apricot

Cooking Method

  1. Place the cinnamon sticks and oil in a saucepan and heat to release the spices natural oils. Add the lamb and onion, cook over a high heat for 4-5 minutes or until the meat is well browned and the onions lightly coloured.
  2. Stir in the green chilli and Garam Masala and cook for a further minute. Then add the tomatoes, apricots and 150 ml (0.25 pt) water.
  3. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the sauce reduced.

Garam Masala is a wonderful fragrant blend of spices often used to delicately flavour Indian dishes in the absence of curry powder.

For a slow cook recipe, proceed as above using boned shoulder of lamb, loin chops or whole lamb shanks, cover and transfer to a preheated oven 170 oC / Fan 150 oC / Gas Mark 3 and cook for 1.5 hours or until the lamb is tender. Check halfway through cooking and add extra water if required.


Serving suggestions

A sweet, fragrant trio …. Scotch Lamb, apricots and cinnamon. For those not so hot on curries this could be the ideal recipe…. Enjoy with rice and fruity cabbage coleslaw.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

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