Chef's Christmas Recipes - Oriental lamb with couscous, Plas Maenan Country House Maenan

Oriental lamb with couscous and minted yogurt dressing (serves 4)


1 Litre tomato juice

1tsp Cumin powder

400g Couscous

4 Lamb rumps

2 Maris Piper potatoes

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1 tsp Mild curry powder

1 tsp Turmeric

300g Spinach

200g Fresh mint

400g Natural yogurt


1. Bring to the boil a litre of tomato juice with the addition of a teaspoon of powdered cumin and pour onto 400g of couscous. Cover with clingfilm.

2. Sear four trimmed mature lamb rumps and cook at 160oC in pre-heated oven for 8–12 minutes according to taste. Leave in warmplace to rest.

3. Boil two diced Maris Piper potatoes with a teaspoon of mild curry powder, a teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of salt until soft. Drain and pour potatoes onto 300g of spinach to wilt.

4. Add 200g of freshly chopped mint to 400g of natural yogurt and season with sugar and vinegar to taste.

5. Place two tablespoons of couscous in the centre of a plate and put the spinach and potatoes on the top. Slice the lamb and arrange on the top. Drizzle with the minted yogurt and garnish with fresh coriander.

An Edwardian Country House situated on a shelf of rock, 300 ft above the river Conwy with spectacular views of Snowdonia and 5 star  accommodation.

Winner AA Best Guest Accommodationfor Wales 2011/12

Plas Maenan Country HouseMaenan, Nr LlanrwstConwy LL26 0YR01492