Lamb and date tagine

Lamb and date tagine

Lamb and date tagine

Sun, Sep 6, 2020, 06:00

  • Serves: 6
  • Cooking Time: 40 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: North African


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 600g diced lamb
  • 1 tbsp tagine spice mix, or you could use baharat, berbere, or Lebanese 7 spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 carrots, sliced thickly on the diagonal
  • 3-5 dates (depending on size), destoned and roughly chopped
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 600ml stock or water (400ml if using a slow cooker or tagine)
  • 4 tbsp fresh mint and parsley, roughly chopped 


1 Heat the olive oil in a wide-based pan, add the onion and saute for five minutes before adding the garlic and ginger. Stir well and heat for one minute more, before adding the lamb. Stir to coat everything well and leave to cook for a few minutes.

2 Add the carrots, dates, chopped tomatoes and stock. Increase the heat to bring almost to the boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and place the lid on. If you have a tagine then this can all be placed in the oven to cook. Alternatively, place in an oven-proof pot and cook in the oven. I usually leave it to simmer low on the hob for 30-40 minutes and I remove the lid for the final five minutes to reduce it down a little. 

3 Taste for seasoning and stir through most of the herbs. Serve with rice or couscous and scatter with the remaining herbs.