Since returning from Sri Lanka, I absolutely love increasing my spice intake into more dishes, I love how it can add such a different depth of flavour to meat and veggies.
I created the most delicious lamb, apricot and eggplant stew can be eaten by itself, serve with rice and poppadoms, on a baked potato or add some baby spinach leaves, the possibilities are never ending.
I made this stew more fragrant rather than spicy with healing turmeric, cinnamon and cumin. Stone fruits are just come into season and I bought a whole heap from Harris Farm’s imperfect pick’s ugly fruit section.
Kids, friends and adults will love this nourishing bowl of goodness, great to serve summer or winter.
Why is it good for you:
Organic lamb is great source of good quality protein with all of the essential amino acids which will nourish, replenish and repair tissue, skin and muscles. Organic entails that the lamb has none of the added hormones, antibiotics and so on, which have been known to disrupt our own hormones.
Eggplants are a great source of folate (this helps treat low iron in the blood), fibre (digestion) and some magnesium which is great for sleep.
Apricots are a particularly good source of potassium which helps with fluid balance in the body and also helps maintain a steady heartbeat. They are also a good source of fibre and when cooked they make these nutrients more readily available for your body to access, a good source of betacarotene which is the precursor to help vitamin A do its job in the body (which include eyesight, helps with the making of protein in the body as well as supporting reproduction).
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin (activated by a pinch of pepper (cayenne pepper)) has a list of benefits from anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a blood purifier. It helps us digest food by aiding the pancreas to release pancreatic lipase (digestive enzyme).
Cinnamon has a wonderful carminative effect on the body and will also help balance blood sugars in the body.
Enjoy this one a lovely dish to make all seasons.