Tavas is a traditional Cypriot meat -based dish. The meat, usually lamb, was baked in the oven in a clay dish with a lid called tava. In this recipe, Angela Nicolettou, uses a simple oven dish without compromising the taste or the consistency of the end result.
Tava (Cypriot lamb bake)
1 kg lamb chops
1 kg potatoes, cut into thick slices
2 onions, sliced
4 tomatoes, sliced or 1 can diced tomatoes
2 tsp cumin seeds
½ cup parsley, chopped
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Heat oven to 180C.
In a large baking dish place all the ingredients as well as salt and pepper (make sure to season the lamb well) and gently mix to combine. Add half a cup of water, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for a further 45 minutes or until the lamb and potatoes are well cooked.