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Arabic Baharat Lamb Stew in Kabocha Squash

Posted by on April 27, 2012

This recipe from our friends at Sunset breaks down the steps to sweet and savory success, using our Arabic Baharat. Don’t be concerned about tricky presentation. This lamb stew is delicious and easy to make.

This recipe from our friends at Sunset breaks down the steps to sweet and savory success.


Arabic Baharat Lamb Stew in Kabocha Squash

Yield: Serves 6


3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
3 lbs. lamb stew meat cut into 1-1/2" chunks
1 Tsp kosher salt divided
1/2 Tsp black pepper divided
3/4 lb. shallots peeled (cut in half if large)
2-1/4 cups chicken broth, divided (reduced-sodium recommended)
2 Tbsp Arabic Baharat, ground
1/4 cup white basmatic rice, rinsed
1-1/2 cups tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 kobocha squash (3-1/2 to 4 lbs.)
1-1/2 Tbsp sliced chives


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat. Sprinkle lamb with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Brown lamb in heated oil, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer lamb to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat under pan to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil, shallots and 1/4 cup broth to pan, and stir to loosen browned bits. Cook shallots, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes, until browned (add a splash of water if drippings start to darken).
  3. Return lamb to pan, sprinkle with Arabic Baharat, add 2 cups broth, and stir again. Cover pan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. (Add 1/4 cup broth if pan starts to dry). Stir in rice and tomatoes, and return to a boil while you prepare the squash.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Use a short knife to carefully cut a 4-inch lid around squash stem, pry out with a blunt table knife, and scrape out seeds from squash and lid. Brush interior of squash and lid with remaning 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle interior of squash and lid with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper (tip to coat evenly).Set squash on rimmed baking sheet, and print with a fork in a few spots near the top.
  5. Remove stew from heat, carefully fill squash to capacity, and set lid in place. Bake until just tender inside when pierced, 70 to 90 minutes. Spoon any remaining stew into loaf pan, cover and bake 1 hr.
  6. Stir chives into squash and loaf pan just before serving. Carefully transfer sqash to serving platter with two wide spatulas (but don't worry if some splitting occurs).


Recipe and photo from Sunset Magazine, October 2010.

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