Spicy Welsh lamb recipe

  • Serves 4-6
  • 10mins to prepare and 1hr 35mins to cook, plus 30mins for resting
  • 844 calories / serving
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leg of welsh lamb 1 (h)

Preheat oven to Gas 4, 180ºC, 350ºF. Weigh the joint and work out the cooking time using timings below.

Place leg of lamb in roasting pan. Spread the harissa paste all over the lamb and drizzle with oil. Roast, basting occasionally. If the harissa starts to catch fire – lightly cover the lamb with foil. 

About 30 minutes before the end of cooking add the carrots and place around the joint – coat in any of the juices.

Place all the ingredients (except the almonds and fresh coriander) for the pilau in a large saucepan of boiling water. Cook according to pack instructions until rice is tender. Drain the rice and stir through almonds and fresh coriander.

Allow the joint to rest before carving – Serve thickly sliced with carrots and almond pilau rice.

Cooking times

Medium – 25 minutes per 450g/½kg (1lb) plus 25 minutes

Well done – 30 minutes per 450g/½kg (1lb) plus 30 minutes 

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 leg of Welsh Lamb
  • 30ml (2tbsp) olive oil
  • 30g (2tbsp) harissa paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 baby carrots
  • 300g (10oz) easy-cook long-grain rice
  • 5g (1tsp) dried coriander
  • 5g (1tsp) cumin seeds
  • 5g (1tsp) cinnamon
  • 10g (2tsp) turmeric
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 25g toasted flaked almonds
  • 30g (2tbsp) fresh coriander
  • Energy 3535kj 844kcal 42%
  • Fat 42g 60%
  • Saturates 15g 75%
  • Sugars 2g 2%
  • Salt 0.7g 12%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 68g Protein 55.3g Fibre 4.2g


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