Lamb Stew (Qaymeh)

Lamb Stew




This is a popular khoresht or stew (pronounced GHAY-meh), which is traditionally served with steamed basmati rice or with crisped matchstick french fries on top.

The recipe calls for dried limes and advieh; the latter is a Persian spice blend. Both are available at Middle Eastern stores. Chef Maziar Farivar of Peacock Cafe in Georgetown says the limes in this dish become soft and delicious although they remain tart. At a typical Persian family meal, he says, the limes might be cut in half to make sure everyone gets a share.

Makes about 7 cups (6 servings)

Source: The Washington Post, September 26, 2012