Hands-on Time
38 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 23 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup stew and 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro)

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add rye berries; cook 6 minutes or until browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan.

Step 2

Increase heat to medium-high. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add half of lamb; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove lamb from pan; repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining lamb. Remove lamb from pan.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add cumin, cinnamon, and pepper; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in lamb, rye berries, apricots, honey, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour 45 minutes or until lamb is tender and rye berries are chewy-tender. Ladle stew into each of 8 bowls. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Chef's Notes

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