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Lamb Dushenina

Type: Mains
Servings: 6 people
Ready in: >3 hours
Calories: Middle

The Lamb Dushenina is an age-old national Ukrainian dish, that as a matter of fact is meat braised with vegetables, however the vegetables are the subject to every meal and their selection depends on your taste and preferences. The dish is cooked either in a deep casserole over stove, or in a clay pot in oven, that also depends on cook’s wish.


Lamb breast 700 gr.
Lamb ribs 400 gr.
Flour 2 tablespoons
Dairy butter 3 tablespoons
Potatoes 7 pieces
Onions 2 pieces
Cauliflower 200 gr.
Carrot 1 pieces
Sweet pepper 2 pieces
Pepper peas 5 pieces
Bay leaf 2 leaves

Stages of cooking

  1. Rinse the lamb ribs, put them into casserole and pour the water over. Cook it for 1.5-2 hrs. Add the several allspice beans, salt, whole onion and spices to make the broth tastier. Remove the foam occasionally then strain the stock.
  2. Cut the lamb breast into 1*1.5 cm pieces, dip in flour and fry them in butter until they have a slight golden crisp.
  3. Peel and coarsely dice the potatoes. The classic recipe prescribes to use potato rings. Put the half of potatoes onto the saucepan bottom or another deep bowl, where you’re going to cook the dish.
  4. Rinse the cauliflower, break it into florets; peel and cut the carrot widthwise; deseed, trim off the stem end and cut the sweet pepper. You can braise vegetable separately adding some lamb broth, or stew them in one bowl as this recipe says.
  5. Peel and slice the onion. Put them following this sequence of layers.
    1. Use half of potatoes
    2. Use half of vegetables
    3. Use half of onion
    4. All lamb
    5. Use second half of onion
    6. Use second half of vegetables
    7. Use second half of potatoes.
  6. Cover it with broth; add the bay leaf and the remaining pepper beans. Braise for half an hour until cooked through. If the vegetables are braised separately, add them in the end and stir.

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