A great big thank you to Jackie for sharing this delicious recipe from our Facebook friend, Jane, from her blog and cookbook Jane’s Healthy Kitchen. Check out Jane on her Facebook page and cookbook at Amazon!
3 – 4 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, sliced in thin half-moons
1 teaspoon unprocessed salt
1 pound lean grass-fed lamb stew meat, in 1-inch cubes
1 cup coconut milk, preferably thick (I used Thai Kitchen organic canned)
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, garlic and onion. Sauté until they begin to soften. Add salt as you go – the total amount will be about 1 teaspoon. Add lamb pieces, and brown briefly. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté until they begin to soften. Add celery and sauté briefly. Add plenty of black pepper to taste.
Curry Spice Mix:
Stir in the ginger root, turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard, and cloves.
In the Soup Pot:
Meanwhile in a large stew pot with a thick bottom, add 2 cups filtered water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add carrot and sweet potato, if using. Simmer briefly until they just begin to soften.
Add the meat mixture from the skillet to the soup pot. Turn heat down to low and bring the entire mixture to a low boil. Add minimal water if needed – remember the coconut milk will provide more liquid.
In a small bowl, stir arrowroot powder into 1 cup coconut milk. Stir until it is completely dissolved. Stir this into the soup, which will thicken as it comes to a boil. Continue to simmer the stew on very low heat for an hour or more to allow the flavors to blend. Take care not to burn the bottom.
Garnish and Serve:
Season to taste. If it is too thick, add a bit of water. If too thin, you can use a fine gauge strainer to slowly sift arrowroot into the stew while stirring until you reach your desired thickness.
A few minutes before serving, stir in the basil, cilantro and lemon or lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!