Gluten-free Hearty Lamb and Chickpea Shawarma Spiced Stew



This lamb and chickpea shawarma spiced stew explodes with flavour and is perfect for any healthy comforting meal! It's not too spicy, just nice and warming, and you can adjust the spice at the end with more cayenne pepper.

It's loaded with veggies and can be made vegan by ditching the lamb for lentils and double up on pulse power!


4-6 Servings


15 Minutes


30 Minutes


  • 2 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves , minced

  • 1 red onion , finely chopped

  • 500g lamb mince (or lentils for vegan*)

  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tsp cumin powder

  • 2 tsp ground coriander

  • 2 tsp paprika

  • 3 cardamon pods

  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 

  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 medium carrots , peeled and chopped 

  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

  • 1x 400g can chopped tomatoes 

  • 1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable)

  • 600 ml hot water

  • 150g spinach, fresh roughly chopped or frozen


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute until starting to turn translucent.

  2. Add lamb and cook, breaking it up as you go. When it has mostly turned from pink to light brown, add spices.

  3. Cook for 1 minute, then add tomato paste and cook for another 1 minute. (It smells amazing!)

  4. Add carrots, chickpeas, tomato and broth. Stir and bring to simmer.

  5. Cover with lid, lower heat so it is bubbling energetically but not crazy rapidly. Cook for 10 minutes until carrot is tender but not super soft – I like it to have a bit of bite still, if you want super soft, keep cooking.

  6. Stir through spinach. Once wilted, adjust salt, pepper and spiciness (cayenne) to taste, and water if you want more liquid.

  7. Ladle into bowls, add a dollop of yoghurt and a generous sprinkling of coriander. Enjoy!



Chickpeas - bursting with nutritional goodness – they are full of protein, fibre and iron. (Source)

Lamb mince - is a fantastic source of iron and a high-quality protein source, providing all nine essential amino acids your body needs for growth and maintenance. (Source)

Spinach - contains several important plant compounds linked to improving eye health, heart health, reducing inflammation and decreasing your risk of cancer and chronic diseases. (Source)

Carrots - are a great source of many plant compounds, especially carotenoids, such as beta carotene and lutein, which is important for eye health. (Source)

Garlic - contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing, helps improve blood pressure, cholesterol and bone health. (Source)

Red onion nutrient dense, meaning they're low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. Red onions are rich in anthocyanin, which are powerful plant pigments that may protect against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. (Source)

Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)

Cumin (ground) - is a great source of iron, antioxidants and many beneficial plant compounds which may promote digestion and decrease inflammation. (Source)

Coriander (ground) - high in active antioxidants, coriander is antibacterial, may help regulate blood sugar, and can enhance the digestive process through its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, was also a fan of coriander for its medicinal and aromatic properties. (Source)

Paprika (ground) - is rich in several minerals, antioxidants and vitamins including Vitamin A and E. (Source)

Cardamon pods - contains phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties and traditionally used to help boost digestive health and treat gastrointestinal issues. (Source)

Ceylon (True) cinnamon - contains huge amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants, cinnamon is known to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can help fight bacterial and fungal infections, and improve blood flow. (Source)


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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.


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