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Khoresh-e Esfanaj

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Khoresh-e Esfanaj
Recipe type: Entree
Khoresh-e Esfanaj is an Iranian food recipe of lamb and spinach stew.
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 2 lbs lamb cubed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3⁄4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 package spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, minced
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, minced
  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and brown the meat and onions. Season with the turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the stock and lemon juice.
  3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Dry-fry the spinach, celery, and leek in a heavy pan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  5. When the vegetables are softened, stir in the remaining oil and fry for 5 minutes.
  6. Add to the meat with dill, and simmer gently for 40–45 minutes, or until meat is tender about 40 minutes.
  7. Stir in peas, parsley, and mint, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with rice.

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