Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

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Yes. I originally looked up this recipe because I had just finished reading the first book of the Hunger Games.  The lamb stew with dried plums they serve in the Capitol in the book seemed to me like it could be made into a pretty delicious paleo recipe.

What I did not know at the time is that the recipe I found would change my life.  I have now made this recipe twice and each time the reception has been so overwhelmingly good that it fully makes up for the time investment. The first time I cooked only for my roommate Victor and I (@thevmh on Instagram), and last night we doubled the recipe and made enough for me, him and my friends McLean and Abel over at their place.  After the responses last night, I seriously considered renaming the recipe “Lindsey’s Magical Recipe for Winning Men’s Hearts”.  It isn’t just them though- it is definitely the best stew I have ever made, and possibly the best stew I have ever had (although I will always have a special place in my heart for Dinty Moore Beef Stew).

The credit all goes to, where I found the recipe.  This woman is clearly a genius. You can see the original recipe for The Hunger Games Lamb Stew with Dried Plums:

I did make a few changes the second time around that I feel made an important difference, so I’ll add those to my recipe here.  But please visit to check out her other recipes too!

Note that the long prep time of this recipe is primarily due to the painstaking process of trimming fat and connective tissue from the lamb and cubing it into nice 1.5 inch cubes.  The combination of that, chopping the onion and carrots, and mincing the garlic and ginger honestly makes the prep time a pretty significant consideration, at least for me.  But it also makes it perfect for a date night where you have someone else around to help!

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Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

hunger games lamb stew with dried plums

By Published: September 21, 2012

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep: 60 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 0 min
  • Ready In: 3 hrs 0 min

This incredible recipe for Lamb Stew with Dried Plums (inspired by the Hunger Games) might as well be called "Magical Recipe for Winning Men's Hearts".



  1. Cut the lamb into 1 to 1.5 inch cubes. This step can take a while, so get started early. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine turmeric, cardamom, cumin, cayenne, salt, and two tablespoons of the bacon fat. Mix into a paste.
  3. Toss the cubed lamb in the bowl with the paste until coated evenly.
  4. Zest the lemon, and set aside.
  5. In a soup pot or large pan, heat the other tablespoon of bacon fat over medium high heat.
  6. Brown the lamb cubes on all sides in the bacon fat, being careful not to overcook. Not all of the lamb will fit evenly in a single layer in one pot, so do this step in portions, temporarily moving each portion to a plate when done. Move all lamb to the plate when done browning.
  7. Add carrots and onions to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, gently stirring to deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  8. Add fresh garlic and ginger to the pot; cook for 5 more minutes.
  9. Add lemon zest and chicken stock, stirring. Add all of the lamb and any juices from the plate back to the pot.
  10. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1.5 hours, stirring once or twice.
  11. Uncover, and stir in the dried plums. Leaving the pot uncovered, turn up the heat slightly (though not to an active boil). Cook for 30 more minutes, stirring periodically. These last 30 minutes will thicken the stew.
  12. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro. Serve hot!

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