|60 ml||olive oil|
|1.2 kg||boneless lamb cubes — or mutton|
|salt and black pepper|
|1||large onion — chopped|
|3||garlic cloves — chopped|
|10 ml||dried ground harissa spice blend — or 15 ml harissa paste|
|10 ml||ground cumin|
|10 ml||ground coriander|
|5 ml||ground ginger|
|1 l||lamb stock — or chicken stock, warmed|
|1/2 cup||dates — dried and pitted or dried apricots, sliced|
|1/2||preserved lemon — skin only, sliced into strips, plus more for serving|
|handful||flaked almonds — toasted, for serving|
|handful||fresh mint — or coriander for serving|
|couscous — or rice, cooked to serve|
Heat the oil in a heavy-based large pot over high heat. Fry the meat cubes in batches, seasoning with salt & pepper. Add the flour to the last batch and stir well for one minute before removing the cubes from the pot. Turn down the heat to low.
Add the onion & garlic and fry for about 3-5 minutes until it is soft. Turn up the heat to medium, then add the harissa, cumin, coriander, ginger and paprika. Stir for one minute.
Add the stock and stir well with a wooden spoon to loosen all the sticky bits on the bottom. Add the fried meat back to the pot, along with the dates and preserved lemon. Stir and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cover with a lid and cook for 2 hours or until the meat is really tender, stirring every 20 minutes to prevent the bottom from burning (the dates have a high sugar content).
When the meat is tender, remove from the heat and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve hot with couscous or rice, topped with more preserved lemon rind, toasted flaked almonds and fresh mint/coriander.
This tagine can be made a day ahead and reheated before serving as the flavours improve on standing (store in the refigerator overnight). Freezes very well.
Supported by the Red Meat Industry of SA – Recipes and styling Ilse van der Merwe – The Food Fox and photos by Tash Seccombe.