Lamb Steaks with Spiced Chickpeas & Bulgar

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Serves2 people
Lamb Steaks with Spiced Chickpeas & Bulgar

Warm grains of nutty bulgar wheat are perfect for soaking up all the rich flavours from a colourful mix of seasonal veg and golden chickpeas, spiced with a fiery pinch of cayenne pepper and topped off with succulent slices of organic lamb steak.


  • 150g bulgar wheat
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 vine tomatoes
  • 2 lamb leg steaks
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch or two of cayenne pepper
  • 100g cavolo nero
  • 400g tin of chickepeas
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml + 3 tbsp boiling water
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1. Fill your kettle and boil it. Tip the bulgar wheat into a heatproof bowl and pour in 300ml boiling water. Swirl with a fork, then pop a plate on the bowl and set aside to soak for 15-20 mins. The bulgar will soak up the water and become tender.
2. Meanwhile, peel the onion and thinly slice it. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Dice the tomatoes. Trim any woody ends away from the cavolo nero and thinly slice the leaves.
3. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a large frying pan and warm to a medium-high heat. Rub the lamb steaks with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. When the pan is hot, add the lamb steaks. Fry for 4-5 mins on each side to leave them a little pink, or for a couple of mins longer if you prefer your steaks a little more well done.
4. While the lamb steaks cook, drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold water. When the steaks are cooked, transfer them to a warm plate, loosely cover with foil and pop somewhere warm.
5. Turn the heat under the pan used to medium (no need to clean the pan) and add 1 tbsp oil. Slide in the sliced onion, along with 2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of cayenne pepper (cayenne is very spicy, so use as much or little as you prefer). Add a little salt and pepper. Stir fry for 3-4 mins, till the onion is slightly softened.
6. Add the garlic, tomatoes and cavolo nero to the pan. Fry for a further 2 mins. Tip in the chickpeas and 3 tbsp boiling water. Warm through for 2-3 mins, till the tomatoes have broken down a little. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Pour in any resting juices from the lamb plate.
7. Slice the lamb. Fluff up the bulgar wheat and divide it between 2 warm plates. Top the bulgar with the sliced lamb and serve.
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