Celery and Lamb Stew

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

This is a lovely stew and truly brings out the flavour of celery without overwhelming the dish. You can make it with either beef or lamb.

Celery tends to release water during cooking, so I tend to reduce the stew a bit more so that the intense rich earthy flavour of the herbs comes through.


2 medium sized onions

250g Diced shoulder of lamb

350g Celery sticks

5 tbsp oil (vegetable oil)

1 tsp turmeric powder

1tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

20g a bunch of mint leaves (washed)

50g bunch of parsley leaves (washed)

2 tbsp lemon or 1 whole dry lime


Step 1

  • Chop 1 whole onion.

  • Pour 5 tbsp of oil in a cooking pot and fry the chopped onions.

lamb and cellary stew - onions
  • Fry until golden brown.

lamb and cellary stew - fried onions
  • Add the turmeric.

lamb and cellary stew - fried onions with tumeric
  • Add the diced lamb pieces.

lamb and cellary stew - lamb onions and tumeric
  • Fry the turmeric and lamb in the onions on a medium heat.

lamb and cellary stew - fried lamb and onions
  • Add the salt and ground black pepper and give it quick fry.

Step 2

  • Reduce the heat and cover.

lamb and cellary stew - fried lamb onions
  • Wash the mint and the parsley. Place in a blender.

  • Add 1 cup of cold water and blend until smooth.

lamb and cellary stew - parsley and mint
  • Pour the mint and parsley blend to the lamb.

lamb and cellary stew - lamb with parsley-mint puree
  • Stir well and cover the top.

lamb and cellary stew - fried lamb and parsley-mint puree
  • At this point you can either wash a dry lime (as show in the picture below) or juice a lemon and add 2 tbsp of lemon juice to the lamb. I've added dry lime here.

lamb and cellary stew - dry lime
  • Add 4 cups of cold water to the lamb.

  • Cover the top and raise the heat back to medium.

lamb and cellary stew - water and dry lime

Step 3

  • Wash the celery and chop into roughly 1 inch pieces or if you like into smaller 1/2 cm pieces.

lamb and cellary stew - cellary sticks
lamb and cellary stew - chopped cellary sticks
  • In a separate pan fry 1 chopped onion until golden brown.

  • Add 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.

lamb and cellary stew - fried onions and spice for cellary
  • Add the chopped celery to the fried onions and fry for 2 minutes.

lamb and cellary stew - cellary and fried onions
  • Pour the fried celery in with the lamb and mix gently.

lamb and cellary stew - added cellary and fried onions

Step 4

  • Cover the top and keep on medium heat for 10 minutes.

  • Reduce the heat to low and allow the stew to cook for 45 minutes or until the stew has reduced to 2 cups water and the lamb is cooked through.

lamb and cellary stew - boil cellary and fried onions

Happy eating. Noosh-e-Jaan :)

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