Braised lamb neck:

    2 kg lamb neck

    Salt & black pepper

    3 tbsp canola oil

    8 thyme sprigs

    4 pieces bay leaves

    4 pieces cloves

    4 pieces cardamom

    1 cinnamon stick

    8 cups beef stock or lamb stock


    Mulukhiyah glace:

    850 gms brown beef stock

    7 gms glucose syrup

    4 gms salt

    5 gms dried porcini mushroom

    ½ tsp butter

    2 cloves of garlic

    ¼ tsp coriander seeds

    5 gms dried Mulukhiyah leaves


    Freekeh risotto:

    100 gms butter

    ½ cup onion, chopped

    2 cup Freekeh

    8 cup lamb stock

    150 gms parmesan cheese, grated

    Salt to taste

    ¼ cup white grape juice


    For serving:

    Toasted pine nuts, almond and cashew nuts

    Crispy fried onion

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Ingredient Substitution Guide


For the mulukhiyah glace:

1. Prepare the beef stock. Stock can be made weeks in advance.

2. In a medium pot, combine beef stock, glucose, and mushrooms and reduce over medium-high heat until concentrated and thick; skim foam occasionally.

3. On a pan, heat butter and sauté the garlic, mulukhiyah, and coriander seeds for a minute.

4. Add this to the stock and cook for another minute and to let the flavour infuse; strain before serving.

For the braised lamb neck:

1. Heat oil in a pan and pan-sear the meat until brown.

2. Add thyme, bay leaves, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks and stock; cook with the lid.

3. Cook in the oven at 90C for four hours and season accordingly.

4. Shred the meat from the bone; keep it aside.

For the Freekeh risotto:

1. Heat butter in a pressure cooker until brown.

2. Add onion and sauté until translucent, then the freekeh and sauté for 2 minutes.

3. Add the stock and season with salt and pepper.

4. Pressure cook the freekeh for 15 minutes.

5. Sprinkle cheese and pour white grape juice; adjust the seasoning accordingly.

6. Place the meat on top of the risotto, sprinkle with nuts, and fried onions. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe was a part of the Brand Dubai Ramadan Recipes Guide.

Recipe courtesy: Orfali Bros

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