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Monday, February 16, 2009

Lamb Tagine

Will fill in all the blanks here pretty soon.
Tagine ( substitute chicken or fish )

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pounds lamb meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes or Lamb ribs or lamb cutlets
2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or a stick of cinnamon broken in two lengthwise
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or a couple of whole cloves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 medium onions cut into 1-inch cubes
5 carrots, peeled, cut into fourths, then sliced lengthwise into thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
Zest from 1 lemon
1 (14.5 ounce) can homemade chicken broth or low-sodium canned broth ( Use water instead )
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon honey

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.
Served with a couscous. This is one of my favorite and one of the most flavorful Middle Eastern dishes even though Morocco is in North Africa ( in case I am corrected ).


grahamer said...

i had something like this last year in Budapest just before i got kidnapped in a taxi its a long story, but its was lovely good to see your back..

grahamer said...

sorry its was a couple of years ago..

Jan said...

I've never had this, I'll look forward to your recipe.