Slow Cooker Wash Day Stew

Slow Cooker Wash Day Stew

Slow Cooker Wash Day Stew
In Iran it is typical to prepare this dish when it is wash day. The traditional way to make this meal is very early in the morning you make a fire in a large rock-lined pit outside the house. A large covered kettle is filled with the ingredients and placed over the coals to cook slowly all day. At the end of a day of doing laundry the food was ready with minimal preparation.This slow cooking recipe lends itself beautifully to a slow cooker and I have also simplified by substituting cooked, canned beans for dried ones. It is served strained through a slotted spoon and scooped into pita bread but I like to spoon it over a whole grain like couscous, quinoa or rice.
    Servings
    5-6people
    Cook Time
    HIGH 5-6 hours
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    Servings
    5-6people
    Cook Time
    HIGH 5-6 hours
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 2pound lean stewing lamb or beef, cubed
    • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
    • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained
    • 1 large onion, cut in half, sliced and cut in half again
    • 1teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 tomato, coarsely chopped
    • 1teaspoon tumeric
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Cooked rice, quinoa or couscous *
    Instructions
    1. Combine 4 cups of water, the lamb and the following 6 ingredients (through tumeric) in a large slow cooker.
    2. Cover and cook on HIGH 5-6 hours.
    3. In the final 15 minutes of cook time add in the lemon juice and cover again.
    4. Spoon over whole grain of choice.
    Recipe Notes

    * Try the traditional Iranian way of eating this stew by straining with a slotted spoon and stuffing into pita bread.

    An easy middle eastern salad to serve with this is a cucumber-onion salad: combine peeled and thinly sliced cucumber with thinly sliced sweet or red onion. Fold in sour cream, a little salt and some fresh chopped mint.

    You can substitute chicken or beef broth for the water.

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