Print Recipe Print Recipe
Safari Dried Fruits and Nuts are nature's gifts to us and every time we add a handful of dried fruits or nuts to our baking and cooking, we add nature’s colour, flavour and healthy goodness. As they say: more fruit … more nuts … more taste!

Spicy Lamb Neck with Cinnamon & Dates


  • 1,6 kg lamb necks, sliced very thickly
  • 500 ml strongly seasoned flour
  • sunflower or canola oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 45 ml mild curry powder
  • 30 ml grated ginger root
  • 30 ml grated garlic
  • 10 - 30 ml (to taste) green chilies, finely chopped
  • 20 ml ground cinnamon
  • 150 g Safari Pitted Dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 litre water (or more if needed)
  • 3 packets beef-stew cook-in sauce powder
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • whole coriander leaves


Dust the meat liberally with the flour.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and lightly brown the meat in batches, setting aside the browned pieces.

Wipe the pan clean and add more oil. Add the onions and sauté over medium-low heat until completely soft and translucent.

Add the curry powder and stir-fry briefly to cook out the floury taste. Add the ginger, garlic and chili and stir-fry until aromatic. Stir in the cinnamon and dates and add the water. Sprinkle in the cook-in powder and mix well.

Return the meat to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1˝ hours, or until the meat is very tender, stirring occasionally and adding more water if necessary.

Now adjust seasoning by adding more cinnamon, garlic, chilli, salt, black pepper and lemon juice before serving with Basmati rice and a few sambals.

Serves 6 – 8 generously