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Khoreshe Ghormeh Sabzi - Herbs & Meat Stew - Iran

1 1/2 pound stewing beef lamb cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large onion; finely chopped
2 cups parsley; finely chopped
1 cup tareh (garlic chives); finely chopped
1/2 cup shanbelileh (fenugreek); finely chopped
3/4 cup red kidney beans
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 lemons or 1/4 cup lemon juice
Cooking oil; as needed
1 cup water

Fry the herbs (parsley, tareh, and shanbelileh) in about 2 Tbsp.
of oil over medium/high heat for about 10 - 15 minutes. They should
change color but they should not be very dark. Set aside.

Fry the onions in about 2 Tbsp. of oil over medium/high heat till
they are lightly golden. Add the meat, raise the heat to high and
keep frying till all the juices are absorbed.

When the juices are absorbed, add the spices (salt, black pepper,
and turmeric) and fry for a minute or two (don't over fry), and
then add the fried herbs and red kidney beans. Add 1/2 - 1 cup of
water and bring to boil. The amount of water depends on the rest
of the ingredients. You want enough water to almost cover every
thing, but it should still be thick!

Crack the dried lemons into small pieces (or powder it in a spice
mill) and add to the stew. Dried lemons can be found in middle
eastern or Indian grocery stores. Use all of the dried lemon except
may be the seeds if you have the patience to remove them. Of course
lemon juice can be substituted but it won't taste the same!

Cover and reduce heat to low/medium and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours
till the meat and beans are cooked to your satisfaction. If the
liquid is too thin, cook uncovered.

Serve over hot basmatti rice.


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