Friday, May 31, 2013

Slow Cooker Afghani Lamb with Spinach

I find Afghan food to be very flavorful -- accented with subtle spices. Afghan food is not as spicy as Indian food. Some Afghans love spicy food so they make various kinds of accompaniments to add the extra zing.

Onions are the base for most Afghan dishes. Sabzi Challow is a traditional Afghani NewYear’s Eve dish, made with spinach (sabzi) and lamb with rice (challow). This particular dish with lamb and spinach only is called Sabzi-e- Ghoste (means vegetable and meat).

I had sabzi -e-ghoste in an Afghan friend's wedding and wanted to try the dish since then. According to me the subtle spices in the spinach combined with lamb and basmati rice is a perfect dinner for a rainy day.


2 pounds lamb meat
1 cup olive oil
2 onions, diced large
4 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can (32 ounce size) tomatoes, drain and chop
8 oz water/ beef stock
1 pound fresh spinach, wash and drain
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
salt, to taste
1/4 cup roasted pine nuts

Sear lamb in the olive oil in a cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven. Add the onions; saute them for 2 minutes; then add the garlic and saute it for 1 minute. Put this mixture in the slow cooker 

Put in all the other ingredients except lemon peel, spinach and pine nuts.

Cook for 5 hrs on low then add the spinach and continue cooking for additional 3 hrs.

Add the lemon peel and salt to taste. Sprinkle with roasted pine nuts.

Serve over rice pilaf.
****** If you refer my recipe and make  them today,Please leave me a comment how it turned out. It will motivate me to write more recipes.


  1. Yummy spices and recipe. We don't eat lamb but I guess it'll be just as delish with goat :)

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  3. I've never had Afghan food before but looking at the spices and other ingredients you had, it look and sound very flavorful. Thank you for sharing this Afghan dish, Amrita! :)

  4. Wow,
    This looks absolutely amazing! The flavors and spices sound delightful!

    1. Thanks Asmita. The spicessmell amazing while cooking.

  5. Some of the greatest recipes come from the use of slow cooker! This lamb recipe has an interesting mingle of spices...Love it!

  6. Thanks for your comment Purabi