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  • PREP: 15 Minutes
  • COOK: 2 Hours
  • TOTAL: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
  • SERVINGS: 10



  • 1/2 cup picked over dry Chickpeas, soaked and slowly cooked (or one 16-oz can of chickpeas)
  • Salt


  • 7 whole small Roma Tomatoes, peeled and roasted (or one 28-oz can of canned San Marzano tomatoes)
  • Salt


  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onions, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 3 medium carrots, scrubbed, and cut into 1-inch half moon pieces
  • 4 small turnips, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 pounds cooked leg of lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds lamb flank, trimmed of excess fat and cubed
  • 3/4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of habanero chile powder or cayenne powder, to taste
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 small whole preserved lemons, seeded and chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, cut crosswise into ½-inch slices
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1.5 quarts white chicken stock or low sodium chicken broth


  • 1 cup mixed fresh cilantro, mint, and parsley leaves (picked) plus more for serving
  • 1 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 1 small preserved lemons, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1 large lemons cut into wedges, for serving

Lamb Chorba

When the season changes to spring, Ludo thinks of lamb and building the flavors of this North African stew.


In a large wide heavy-bottomed pot (like a large Dutch oven), heat the oil over medium-high heat (2 to 3 min) and sauté the onions, carrots, turnips for 6 to 8 minutes until slightly softened.

Add the meat and garlic to the vegetables in the pot and stir to combine. Brown the meat lightly, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Coat the meat and vegetables with the cumin and turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Stir and toast the spices for a minute until fragrant.

Stir in tomato paste and cook for another minute.

Add the reserved tomatoes and chickpeas, the preserved lemon, and the celery. Add the remaining spices: coriander seeds, celery seeds, fennel seed and cumin seeds. Top with the white chicken stock and water to cover about one-inch above the meat.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 1 ½ to 2 hours until the meat and vegetables are tender. Add additional water as needed to maintain a soupy consistency. Remove and discard the garlic. Remove from heat. Adjust seasonings.

Stir in the fresh herbs, preserved lemons, sliced celery and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Serve immediately with the additional herbs, lemon wedges, and crusty bread.


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