Lamb tagine with dates: A flavour explosion you will never forget

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800 g lamb shoulder, cubed

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp saffron, soaked in 2 Tbs. boiling water

3 Tbs olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

5 cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1/2 tsp ground cloves

500 ml beef stock

125 g pitted dates

200g green beans, trimmed

salt and pepper to taste

2 Tbs runny honey

fresh coriander to garnish

toasted almond flakes to garnish


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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