Also known as Persian lactation stew, this delicious dish was delivered to me by my dear friend, Anna, after the birth of my first child. Not just for nursing moms, my whole family enjoyed it. This is great to take to a new mom or prepare ahead and freeze yourself for when baby arrives.
I promise it won’t make your husband, toddler, or visiting grandma lactate.
Fenugreek (seeds and greens) is the key ingredient that promotes lactation, and it can be increased for more effect or even omitted if it is unavailable.
This recipe works great with grass-fed beef as well as lamb, regular potatoes or yams, and various types of greens.
Lactation stew ingredients
- 2 lbs cubed grass-fed stew meat (beef, bison, or lamb)
- 1 Tbsp turmeric
- 1 Tbsp fenugreek seeds (from a Persian market or a well-stocked health food store)
- Sea salt
- Dash of cinnamon
- Olive oil as needed
- 2 bunches green onions/chives
- 2-4 bunches fenugreek greens (Buy at a Persian market or substitute with other greens)
- 1 bunch dill
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 bunch celery
- 1 sweet potato or any potato cubed
Lactation stew method
- In a large pan: Heat olive oil. Add turmeric, salt, fenugreek seeds, and cinnamon.
- Add meat and and cook in oil and spices until pink is gone.
- In a food processor (or by hand) finely chop all the green herbs and celery.
- Place meat with cooking oil and spices in a slow cooker with chopped herbs and celery, sweet potato cubes, and a generous glug of olive oil.
- Cover and cook on a medium setting until meat falls apart (about 4-6 hours). You may want to add some water to thin it out to desired consistency.
- Serve over brown rice with a big dollop of full fat Greek yogurt.