Lamb tagine with dates

Recipe from: 11 August 2014
recipes, lamb, tagine

Ingredients 20
Servings 1
Minutes 00:20 + 3 hours standing


Serving Change
  • 800
    lamb shoulder, cubed
  • 1
    ground cumin
  • 1
    ground coriander
  • 1
  • 1
    ground cinnamon
  • 1
    dried coriander
  • 1/2
    saffron, soaked in 2 Tbs. boiling water
  • 3
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion, finely chopped
  • 2
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 5
    fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1
    tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2
    ground cloves
  • 500
    beef stock
  • 125
    pitted dates
  • 200
    green beans, trimmed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2
    runny honey
  • fresh coriander to garnish
  • toasted almond flakes to garnish


00:20 + 3 hours standing

Combine the ground cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon and dried coriander in a bowl. Add the meat and rub the spice mix over the cubes. Leave to marinate for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the olive oil in the bottom of your tagine or casserole. Seal the meat in batches and set aside
Add the last Tbs. of olive oil and sauté the onions until golden. Add the garlic and ginger, continue to sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes and ground cloves.

Continue cooking on a high heat until the oil separates from the tomatoes, approximately 10 minutes.

Return the sealed lamb to the tagine/casserole and add the stock and saffron water – the stock should only cover the lamb halfway. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover the tagine/casserole with a lid and cook in the oven for an hour.

Remove from the oven after the hour is up and add the dates.
Return to the oven and cook a for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and add the green beans and drizzle with honey.
Return to the oven and cook a for another 15 minutes.

Take the lid off and allow to cook uncovered in the oven for a final 5 minutes.
Garnish with fresh coriander and toasted almond flakes.

Serve with plain couscous or tabbouleh, or plain white rice.

Recipe reprinted with permission of The Muddled Pantry. To see more recipes, click here.


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