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Lamb Tagine

Authentic style lamb tagine, full of lovely warm flavours.


  • 1kg diced lamb shoulder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 60g sultanas
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp saffron stamens
  • 750ml stock
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoe
  • 350g apricots
  • a preserved lemon
  • a handful of coriander leaves
  • a small handful of mint leaves

Preparation method

Toss the cubed lamb in half the ground spices and leave for at least four hours. Overnight would be ideal.

Set the oven at 160C/gas mark 3. Warm the oil in a deep, heavy-based casserole and add the seasoned meat in small batches. Remove when it is browned nicely on all sides. Peel and roughly chop the onions, then peel and finely slice the garlic. Add to the pan with the remaining spices and allow to soften and colour lightly. Stir regularly over a moderate heat so that the spices flavour the onions but do not burn.

Add the sultanas, honey, saffron stamens, stock, tomatoes and apricots, then return the meat to the pan. Bring to the boil, season with salt and black pepper, then cover with a lid and place in the oven. Cook for two and a half hours.

Cut the preserved lemon in half and discard the interior pulp. Finely chop the skin and stir into the tagine. Lift out the meat with a draining spoon and boil the sauce over a high heat until it is reduced and thick, then stir in the roughly torn coriander and mint leaves. Return the meat to the sauce and serve.