I first had tagine in Marrakech, Morocco several years ago, and I fell in love with the dish. There are many tagine recipes, but I have fallen in love with this one. You don’t need a traditional tagine pot to make this dish, but I love using it because it takes me back to Morocco.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 pounds lamb meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch saffron
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 5 medium (blank)s carrots, peeled, cut into fourths, then sliced lengthwise into thin strips
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can homemade chicken broth or low-sodium canned broth
- 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
Place diced lamb in a bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and set aside. In a large resealable bag, toss together the paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, salt, ginger, saffron, garlic powder, and coriander; mix well. Add the lamb to the bag, and toss around to coat well. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 of the lamb, and brown well. Remove to a plate, and repeat with remaining lamb. Add onions and carrots to the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh garlic and ginger; continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Return the lamb to the pot and stir in the lemon zest, chicken broth, tomato paste, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender.
If the consistency of the tagine is too thin, you may thicken it with a mixture of cornstarch and water during the last 5 minutes.
Recipe from AllRecipes