Moroccan Lamb Stew with Butternut and Sweet Potatoes

This is a fragrant stew, filled with spicy North African flavours. Lamb’s unique flavour, pairs perfectly with robust spices. In this recipe, we have added butternut and sweet potatoes, to create a sweet balance to this mouthwatering dish.




  • African Flavours
  • Lamb
  • Soups, Stews & Potjies

Cooking Methods

  • Stewing

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

120 minutes


  • 800g lamb neck cuts
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 med chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Harissa paste (*see notes)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tin cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 sweet potatoes peeled, cut into 2.5cm chunk.
  • 1 med butternut, peeled, seeded, cut into 2.5cm chunks.
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped.
  • Full cream yoghurt for serving.


  1. Heat a large heavy bottom pot over a med-high heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil.
  2. Toss the lamb cuts in flour and add them to the pot.
  3. Brown the meat on both sides, then remove them from the pot.
  4. Turn the heat down, drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the bottom of the pot and add the onion, ginger, garlic, chilli, cumin, coriander, paprika, Harissa paste and cinnamon stick.
  5. Gently stir these ingredients around for 2-3 mins, scraping up all the flavoursome brown bits at the bottom of the pot.
  6. Turn the heat up, add in the tin of cherry tomatoes, beef stock and red wine.
  7. Add the browned meat and salt, making sure there is enough liquid to cover the meat.
  8. Stir and bring to a boil.
  9. Once it comes to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover and cook for 1½ hours, stirring intermittently. Add the butternut, allow to cook for a further 15 mins, then add the sweet potato.
  10. Cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  11. Once the vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened, remove the pot from the heat.
  12. Spoon into a serving dish, garnish with fresh coriander and serve with couscous and full cream yoghurt on the side.


Homemade Harissa Paste:

If you cannot get store-bought Harissa, you can make your own Harissa paste in advance. Click here for a homemade Harissa recipe.