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Lamb potjie with roosterkoek

Heritage day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to share this yummy lamb potjie with roosterkoek recipe with friends and family.

SERVES 4 // COOK TIME 2 hr 10 min// PROOFING TIME 1 hr 20 min

For the lamb potjie
1 kg lamb neck, cubed
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
¼ cup flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup red wine
1 cube beef stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
½ bulb garlic, cloves intact
350 g baby onions, peeled
225 g baby carrots
4 celery stalks, chopped
250 g mushrooms, halved
For the roosterkoek
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
10 g packet instant dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
For the green harissa
2 green peppers, deseeded and quartered
2 green chillies
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 cup fresh coriander
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup olive oil
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp red-wine vinegar
1 tbsp sugar or honey

For the potjie
1. Season the lamb with ground coriander, cumin and paprika, then dust each piece in flour until well coated.
2. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat and brown the lamb in batches, until golden all over.
3. Transfer all the lamb and juices to a heated potjie pot and add the red wine, stock cube, soy sauce, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaves, garlic and enough boiling water to just cover the meat.
4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 1 hour or until the lamb is tender.
5. Add the onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms, and cook for a further 30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
For the roosterkoek
1. Mix together the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix yeast, sugar and water in a separate bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.
2. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix until combined. Knead for 5 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and allow to proof in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Place the dough balls on an oiled baking tray and allow to rise again for about 20 minutes.
4. Place the dough balls between an oiled braai grid and cook them over low coals for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are all cooked through.
For the green harissa
1. Preheat the oven grill.
2. Place the peppers, cut-side down, and the chillies on a baking tray and pierce a few holes in the chillies so that they don’t explode. Grill until blackened and blistered. Remove from the oven, wrap in foil and set aside for 10 minutes.
3. Peel the peppers and chillies, then remove the seeds from the chillies. Place the peeled peppers, chillies and remaining ingredients in a blender and blend to form a paste.
4. Drizzle each serving of potjie with green harissa and serve with roosterkoek on the side.

Quick tip: Cut down on prep time by using store-bought  bread dough for your roosterkoek, available at most supermarkets.

Recipe & Styling: Marizka Du Toit
Photography: Jurie Senekal

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