• We’re placing a spotlight on this cinnamon-scented soup with Karoo lamb. This recipe is one of Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen‘s many tasty treasures. Give the renowned South African chef’s recipe a try for a culinary experience like no other. It’s the perfect dish to serve this winter!

    Cinnamon-scented soup with Karoo lamb

    By Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen Serves: 6
    Total Time: 3 hours


    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 750 grams lamb knuckles
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp ground ginger
    • 2 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp turmeric
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 tins (800 g) whole tomatoes
    • 2 tbsp chopped celery leaves
    • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
    • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
    • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
    • 1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight
    • 2 L water
    • 250 grams angel hair pasta



    Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the lamb knuckles.


    Fry for about 5 minutes then add the onion and cook until soft and translucent.


    Stir in the garlic, ginger, black pepper, turmeric, cumin and cinnamon sticks. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes, celery leaves and coriander and let it cook for 5 minutes, then season.


    Stir in the brown and red lentils and the chickpeas.


    Add the water, then close with a lid and bring to a simmer.


    Let the soup simmer for 30 minutes and adjust the salt if needed. Simmer for another 1 ½ hours, until the legumes are soft and creamy.


    While the soup is cooking, cook the angel hair pasta according to the packet instructions. Serve the soup with the paste and enjoy!

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    Originally published in Food&Home Winter 2022 issue.