The Definitive Moroccan Lamb Tagine Recipe

In the mood for a Moroccan dish this week? If so, you can’t get more authentic than lamb tagine, which originates with the country’s first inhabitants, the Berbers. Today’s lamb tagine recipes show the influence of later inhabitants of the land, including spices and dried fruit from the Arab culture, and olives and olive oils from the Moors. For a completely authentic twist, serve this large, hearty meal at lunch instead of dinner, which is the biggest meal in most Moroccan households.

Lamb Tagine Ingredients:

1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. cinnamon
1.5 tbsp. paprika
1.5 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. tumeric
1 shoulder of lamb, trimmed into 2 inch chunks
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp argan oil
2 large onions, grated
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pint tomato juice
2 – 14 oz cans of chopped tomatoes
4 oz dried apricots, cut in half
2 oz dates, cut in half
2 oz sultanas or raisins
3 oz flaked almonds
1 tsp saffron stamens, soaked in cold water
1 pint lamb stock
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp coriander, chopped
2 tbsp parsley, chopped

Lamb Tagine Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 300 F

2. Combine the cayenne, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon into a small bowl. Place the lamb in a large bowl and toss together with half of the spice mix. Cover, place in fridge, and leave overnight.

3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp argan oil in a large casserole dish. Add the grated onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, or until the the onions are soft but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic for the last three minutes.

4. In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the lamb chunks on all sides. Add the browned meat to the casserole dish. De-glaze the frying pan with ¼ pint of tomato juice, and add juices to the casserole dish.

5. Add the remaining tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey. Bring to a boil, cover with a fitted lid, place in the oven and cook for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is tender.

6. Place lamb in a tagine or large serving dish and sprinkle with the chopped herbs.

Top Five Things To Do In Morocco Including Cooking Lamb Tagine

Planning a trip to Morocco? If so, you’re probably looking for things to see and do while you’re there. While some attractions, like skiing Oukaimeden in the High Atlas Mountains, require visiting during certain times of the year, there are plenty of other attractions that can be seen and done year round. So sit back and let us take you through the top five things to see and do in Morocco.

Visit the tanneries in Fes. In operation since medieval times, the leather bazaar in old Fes is something you can’t miss when visiting Morocco. You’ll want to take along something nice to smell when you’re visiting though – the animal hides, along with the pigeon poop they are treated with, make things a bit stinky.

Steam in a traditional hammam. While fewer and farther between since the invention of modern plumbing, the public steam baths of Morocco offer a truly authentic cultural experience. This is especially true for women travelers, as visiting a hammam is one of the easiest ways to meet and chat with local women.

Have dinner at the Djemma el Fna. The large central square in the old city of Medina, every afternoon the Djemma el Fna turns into an entertainment paradise you won’t want to miss. From snake charming, to local musicians, to entertainers of all sorts, you can get right into the action, or take a traditional dinner of lamb tagine and watch from one of the cafes that surround the square.

Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. With room for more than 100,000 worshipers, the Hassam II Mosque took 6,000 artists five years to build. And while non-muslims aren’t allowed inside, there’s plenty to be amazed by from the outside. So if you’ll be in Casablanca, take a few hours to see this beautiful mosque before the sea air does any more damage to it’s magnificent exterior.

Learn to cook traditional Moroccan food like lamb tagine. Half day cooking workshops are a great way to get an authentic Moroccan experience. From shopping for fresh ingredients in the market, to learning to prepare traditional dishes such as lamb tagine, a cooking class is a great way to enjoy the local culture.

Lamb Tagine & Other Great Moroccan Dishes

For those of us who love food, there’s nothing more exciting than trying the cuisine of other countries and cultures. And the more exotic the culture, the better! This is one of the many reasons that Moroccan cuisine has began to grow in popularity here in the UK. But did you know that Moroccan cuisine hasn’t always been the same as it is today? Influenced by centuries of interaction with other cultures and nations, today’s Moroccan cuisine shows Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean, Arab and even French influences.

With so many influences it’s hard for first timers to believe that Moroccan food is really unique, let alone delicious. But thanks to the cooks in the royal kitchens of Fes, Meknes, Marrakesh, Rabat and Tetouan continually refining Moroccan cuisine through hundreds of years of influences, Moroccan cuisine is both unique and delicious. And a type of cuisine that any every food lover should experience first hand at least once in their life, either from an authentic Moroccan restaurant, or by visiting Morocco in person.

But what are some of the best known Moroccan dishes, the ones that you should definitely try? Let’s take a look at the top Moroccan dishes to try, whether you are visiting Morocco, or just exploring their cuisine from home.

Lamb Tagine
Chard and Lamb Pan Fry
Dchicha Soup

Now, if you don’t know what any of these dishes are, that’s okay! Learning about the ingredients and dishes of a new country is part of the adventure, and Moroccan cuisine is no different. And remember that these are just general dishes. There are many, many different ways to prepare lamb tagine, for example, and as you probably know each country’s way of preparing couscous is different (and delicious). So if you don’t like the first Tabbouleh dish you try, give it a second chance! I’ll be writing full recipes for all of the above in the coming weeks!

And if you enjoy preparing food as much as eating, give some thought to taking a Moroccan cooking class. Lamb tagine, Ktefa, Kalinti and all of the other dishes above can be even more delicious when you prepare them yourself, because you get to watch the dishes unfold right before your eyes. But no matter if you prepare them yourself, or order them from a menu, be sure to do one thing with your Moroccan dishes – Enjoy!