Lamb tagine with lemon and pomegranate couscous

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By: Rachel Allen From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.42 / 5 (62 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
1 hr 40 min
Serves:
6-8

Bring a taste of Moroccan cooking to the table with this aromatic and hearty lamb casserole made by Rachel Allen

Method

1. Heat a large casserole or heavy saucepan, and add the olive oil, garlic, onions, ginger, and the spices. Season with salt and pepper, and stir and cook over a low heat, with the lid on, for about 10 minutes until the onions have softened.

2. Add the lamb, along with the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, and honey. Continue to cook, with the lid on, for a further 1 hour, stirring every now and then.

3. If you'd rather cook this tagine in the oven instead of on the stove, preheat the oven to 160C/gas 2, and cook for another hour.

4. Remove the lid, and continue cooking for 20-30 more minute, on a very gentle heat, until the tagine has thickened and the meat is tender. Season to taste - the flavour should be quite sweet and aromatic.

5. For the couscous; place the couscous in a bowl and add the olive oil and lemon juice, and mix well.

6. Pour over the boiling stock or water and season with salt and pepper. Leave on one side to sit until all the liquid has been absorbed - about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the chopped herbs and add the pomegranate seeds.

7. Spoon the tagine on serving plates and serve with the couscous. Accompany with lime or lemon wedges and a bowl of yogurt.

Ingredients

For the couscous

  • 500 g couscous
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 500 ml boiling chicken stock or water
  • 1 tsp salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbsp chopped mint or coriander
  • 1 pomegranate, cut in half, seeds removed

To serve

  • lime or lemon wedges
  • Greek yogurt

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Latest Comment

 

Love this recipe, I make it regularly for my family and friends always goes down well.

DeborahC54689 DeborahC54689  Posted 09 Jan 2013 10:21 AM
 


VictoriaB99157 VictoriaB99157  Posted 21 Feb 2010 6:38 PM
 

Easy and pleasurable to prepare, very reasonably priced ingredients,I made it for my 6 year old son and my husband - have to say the greek yoghurt and lime really made it, cous cous a bit bland, even so we loved it, will be a regular for us.

VictoriaB99157 VictoriaB99157  Posted 21 Feb 2010 6:34 PM
 

sickly, far too sweet even with extra lemon, limes and coriander

azzopardi azzopardi Posted 08 Feb 2010 3:59 PM
 

i had so many compliments about this meal when cooking for friends will definitely be making this again!

joanneW95913 joanneW95913 Posted 20 Jul 2009 10:58 PM
 

Have made this three times and each time if was great. The cous cous with the pomegranate and lemon was so different and I will be making this again and again.

GhisR83314 GhisR83314 Posted 22 Apr 2009 10:57 PM
 

My mum made it and everybody wanted seconds but there wasn't enough. Smile

-x-Harrie-x- -x-Harrie-x- Posted 01 Feb 2009 4:02 PM
 

The recipe doesn't state what stock or water quantity to use to make the tagine, please advise !!!!!!!

StephanieH98335 StephanieH98335 Posted 27 Dec 2008 8:36 PM
 

Thanks for letting us know. This recipe is now no longer marked as vegetarian.

Rachel S - UKTV Rachel S - UKTV Posted 06 Nov 2008 4:27 PM
 

how exactly is this vegetarian?

mollthedoll mollthedoll Posted 02 Nov 2008 8:25 AM
 

Very yummy indeed. I hadn't got enough honey so added some dried apricots and then some chick peas for an extra touch of Morocco. It went down extremely well with my dinner guests.

JoanneS43998 JoanneS43998 Posted 05 Oct 2008 7:56 PM