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Iranian vegetable stew with dried lime

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50g clarified butter
1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
½ tsp ground turmeric
1½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp tomato paste
20g coriander
10g tarragon
10g dill
1kg waxy potatoes, peeled and chopped into 4cm chunks
1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into 4cm chunks
3 Iranian limes, pierced 2-3 times
1 whole green chilli, slit on one side from stem to tip
Salt
5 medium tomatoes, quartered
150g spinach leaves
15g barberries
300g Greek yoghurt (optional)

Serve this sweet, sharp stew with steamed rice. Serves six.

Method

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Put a large casserole dish on medium heat and sauté the butter, onion, turmeric and cumin for 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for two minutes. Tie all the herbs into a bunch and add to the pot with the potatoes, squash, limes, chilli, a teaspoon and a half of salt and a litre of water. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and boil gently for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are semi-cooked. Stir through the tomatoes, spinach and barberries, crushing the limes gently as you do so, to release some of the juices inside.

Tip into a large roasting tray and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened a little and the vegetables are soft. Remove from the oven and leave to sit for five minutes, then serve with a dollop of yoghurt on the side, if you like.

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  • Recipes Delicious
    (11/06/2014) This is a wonderful dish and so tasty.A winner when served to friends.
  • Recipes Fast and easy
    (20/02/2014) Made for the first time yesterday. Clear method, quick and easy to make. Love dishes that you can pop into the over to finish off - gives time to clear away and get ready to sit down, enjoy and relax with satisfaction !
  • Recipes delicious
    (05/02/2014) Rich and fresh tasting delight