What could be better on a cold Sunday night than a sexy lamb stew – and one that is virtually fat-free and detoxing to-boot!

Clever Sydney detox queen Saimaa Miller includes this recipe in her brilliant food bible – TheΒ Aussie Body Diet & Detox Plan. She describes it as a therapeutic stew which makes it sound extra virtuous. Β I altered it a little, mincing the garlic rather than chopping it (too lazy), adding an extra carrot for sweetness, up-ing the lentil quota and stirring in the coriander right at the end, rather than in the middle. I like a little colour. Plus I served it with brown rice and way too much red wine which made it taste even better. Β Extra good the next day too. Enjoy it.

Warming Lamb Stew

(adapted from Aussie Body Diet & Detox Plan by Saimaa Miller)

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, trimmed and cut into 1 cm rings
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • lots of ground pepper
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 x 400g tin crushed tomatoes
  • 500g diced lambs
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tins of lentils, rinsed
  • sea salt to taste


  • SautΓ© garlic, onion and leek in olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat until translucent. Add lamb and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add garam masala, cumin, ginger and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add celery, carrots, tomato, lentils and stock and reduce heat to low, simmering for 1 hour.
  • Just before serving add fresh coriander and stir through.