Get Cozy with Braised Lamb and USimplySeason Xawaash: A Flavorful and Comforting Recipe

Get ready to experience the rich and aromatic flavors of Somali cuisine with this delicious and easy Braised Lamb recipe. Made with tender lamb shoulder, onions, garlic, and a blend of spices, including USimplySeason Xawaash and cinnamon, this dish is a perfect example of the bold and complex flavors that make Somali cuisine so unique. The lamb is simmered low and slow until it becomes fork-tender and infused with the rich, warming flavors of the Xawaash spice blend.


  • 2 Tbsp oil (canola or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 large Onion, sliced
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp USimplySeason Xawaash
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 lb Lamb shoulder, cubed (or meat of choice)
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 1 cup water


  1. Using a Dutch oven or large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (canola or extra virgin olive oil).
  2. Add the sliced onion and minced garlic to the pot and stir well. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the cubed lamb shoulder (meat of your choice) to the pot and stir well.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp USimplySeason Xawaash, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp ground cinnamon to the pot and stir to combine.
  5. Lower the heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Let the mixture simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add 1 cup of water to the pot if necessary to prevent the mixture from drying.
  7. Stir in 1/2 tsp ground black pepper and continue cooking until the lamb is fork-tender and has browned.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat and serve the braised lamb over cooked basmati or jasmine rice.

    Note: USimplySeason Xawaash adds a unique and complex flavor to this braised lamb recipe, creating a truly authentic taste of Somalia. The addition of ground cinnamon adds an extra layer of warmth and spice to the dish. Try this recipe for a delicious and comforting meal that's perfect for colder weather.

    To complete the meal, consider serving this Braised Lamb with a selection of classic Somali side dishes:

    • Somali-style salad: A simple salad of sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro dressed with lemon juice and olive oil would provide a fresh and bright contrast to the richness of the lamb.
    • Somali-style rice: A side of Somali-style rice flavored with cardamom, cumin, and cloves, would be a natural fit for this braised lamb recipe.
    • Roasted vegetables: Roasted vegetables like carrots, parsnips, or sweet potatoes would provide a sweet and savory complement to the lamb.
    • Naan bread: Warm naan bread would be the perfect accompaniment to this flavorful lamb dish, allowing you to scoop up every last bit of the rich and aromatic sauce.
    • Lentil soup: A bowl of lentil soup flavored with USimplySeason Xawaash would be a delicious and warming side dish to pair with this hearty and comforting braised lamb recipe.
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