Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Lamb Stew – Tavas

Cypriot Recipes

Lamb Stew – Tavas

TavasTavas is one of the most traditional and popular dishes in Cyprus. For those who don’t like the strong taste of lamb use beef!

Especially suitable for cold winter days!

It is also perfectly suited to be cooked in the slow cooker. *


1 kg lamb

1 kg potatoes

3-4 large onions

5-6 ripe tomatoes

2-3 bay leaves

1 tsp cumin seeds, slightly crushed

1/2 cup oil

cinnamon, salt, pepper.


– Cut the meat into medium sized cubes.

– Peel, and cut the potatoes in four.

– Peel and cut the onions in slices.

– Cut the tomatoes in slices.

– Put the meat, potatoes, onions and tomatoes in layers in a baking dish.

– Add the oil, cinnamon, bay leaves, cumin, salt and pepper.

Slow cooker– Transfer to an oven pre-heated to 180°C and bake for about 150 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the potatoes are golden brown. Serve hot.

* Note: A slow-cooker, also known as Crock-Pot or Morphy Richards (trademarks), is a countertop electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature.


About tfrsecretary

Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany in 1957, I was educated at a Baccalaureate High School. Later completed Technical University with a degree in Economic Informatics. I served for 12 years in the German Army before joining a French computer company for another 10 years. Then ran my own motorcycle and gastronomy businesses before deciding to retire. I arrived in North Cyprus with my second wife in 2004 and since her sad loss in 2011, I have kept myself very busy trying to help others with similar problems and in 2012 became the Secretary of “The Foreign Residents in the TRNC” (TFR). I am very keen to see expat communities coming together and playing their part in helping North Cyprus, our adopted homeland.
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