Become the master of the lamb with this Arabian inspired recipe
Temperatures are dropping and the days are getting darker, so it’s the perfect time to spice up your evening with this enchanting lamb dinner to warm the soul.
To celebrate the release of the live-action Aladdin, Australian Lamb has created this tasty middle-eastern recipe to bring to life the magic of Arabian nights.
Cooked up to satisfy the most indulgent of sultans, this mouth-watering meal will draw a serious crowd.
Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 10 mins
- 600g pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces
- 600g lamb backstrap
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup instant couscous
- 1 cup frozen broad beans
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 200g tub Greek style natural yoghurt
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup mint leaves, coarsely chopped
- 2 green shallots, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 220°C. Line baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin pieces on prepared tray and bake in oven for 40 minutes or until tender and golden. Reserve.
- Rub lamb with oil and season with freshly ground black pepper. Heat frying pan and cook lamb over high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. Scatter with dried oregano. Place on warm plate and lightly cover with foil. Rest meat for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Place couscous in a bowl and pour over 1 cup (250ml) boiling water. Soak for 2 minutes, fluff up with a fork. Boil, steam or microwave broad beans until hot. Peel off outer skin if desired. Fold into couscous. Keep warm.
- Place tahini in mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and stir to combine. (if the tahini is very firm, add 1-2 tbs of boiling water to loosen it). Stir in yoghurt and garlic.
- Combine roasted pumpkin with chopped parsley, mint, green shallots, tomato. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, mixed spice and cracked black pepper. Gently toss through salad.
- Thickly slice lamb and drizzle with tahini sauce. Serve with bean couscous and pumpkin tabouli.
- Don't cut the lamb with a knife to test if it's ready. This will make the juices escape making the meat dry and tough.
Test the meat for degree of doneness with tongs. Use the blunt end of the tongs to prod the meat in the thickest part.
Rare is soft when pressed, medium firm when pressed and well done is very firm when pressed.
Recipe by Australian Lamb.