el ham lahlou (sweet lamb for ramadhan)

Categories
Lamb
Algerian
Holiday
Yield
4 Servings
MeasureIngredient
3 tablespoons Butter
1 pounds Lamb; in 3-inch pieces
½ teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
3 cups Water
¼ cup Sugar
12  Dried prunes soaked in water for one hour
2 tablespoons White raisins
2 tablespoons Whole blanched almonds
Firm pear; peel/core/wedges
2 tablespoons Orange blossom water

The holy celebration of Ramadhan is when the Algerian Muslims eat this sweet lamb after a day of fasting. It is almost a dessert meat, with raisins, prunes, sugar, almonds and orange blossom water, and it is cooked without salt, to prevent thirst the next day for those fasting.

1. Melt the butter in a pan, add the lamb and saute over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon, water and sugar and mix well. Increase the heat to moderate and cook for about 40 minutes, or until the meat is tender. The sauce will darken.

2. Drain the prunes and add them to the lamb with the raisins, almonds and pear. Simmer for 15 minutes more. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the orange blossom water.

Serve at room temperature with rice, salad and bread. Serves 4 to 6 with other dishes.

Source: "The Great Book of Couscous" by Copeland Marks

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