Shorba (Lamb and Peanut Soup)

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Makes: 8 Servings
Total Cost: $2.76
Serving Cost: $0.34


3 pounds
lamb bones (or lean beef ribs)
2 quarts
2 teaspoons
salt (optional)
1/2 pound
onions, slightly chopped
1/2 pound
carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 pound
cabbage, cut into small wedges
1/2 pound
string beans, trimmed
3 cloves
garlic, chopped finely
4 tablespoons
peanut butter
1 unknown
lemon, juiced (approximately 3 Tablespoons)
1/2 cup
cooked rice (optional)


1. In a 6-quart saucepan, simmer lamb bones in 2 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of salt (optional) for one hour.
2. Add onions, carrots, cabbage, string beans, and garlic.
3. Simmer for one hour until vegetables are thoroughly cooked.
4. Remove lamb bones and puree the mixture.
5. Add 4 Tablespoons peanut butter thinned with lemon juice.
6. Add cooked rice (optional).
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.



Shorba is a Sudanese dish based around lamb. In Sudan, lamb bones commonly are used to flavor the soup-like dish.

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