Fruity lamb tagine

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 4
This succulent and superhealthy one-pot is guaranteed to satisfy a crowd - save time and make it up to two days ahead

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Healthy


  • kcal497
  • fat18g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre12g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.37g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 500g lean diced lamb



    A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 large carrot, quartered lengthways and cut into chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ras-el-hanout spice mix (see tip, below)
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 200g dried apricot
  • 600ml chicken stock

To serve

  • 120g pack pomegranate seeds



    Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the…

  • 2 large handfuls coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the oil in a casserole and brown the lamb on all sides. Scoop the lamb out onto a plate, then add the onion and carrots and cook for 2-3 mins until golden. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Stir in the spices and tomatoes, and season. Tip the lamb back in with the chickpeas and apricots. Pour over the stock, stir and bring to a simmer. Cover the dish and place in the oven for 1 hr.

  2. If the lamb is still a little tough, give it 20 mins more until tender. When ready, leave it to rest so it’s not piping hot, then serve scattered with pomegranate and herbs, with couscous or rice alongside.

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Comments (138)

meatpief's picture

This is simply amazing. I made it last week to stock up for work. Everyone thinks it is delicious. Even my girlfriend who is not a fan of foreign food said this was the nicest thing she had ever tasted - a definate winner and Im making it again this morning. Someone was asking about replacing the apricots...I love apricots but if you dont maybe you could replace them with dates or prunes? Thanks for the recipe. I also cooked it for slight longer than an hour mmmmm.

rosewater's picture

Easy, lovely and I bought the lamb from the reduced counter.
Will do it often. Froze well too.

helsbelsjoe's picture

Great tAsting dish.

daisymai's picture

Very easy and very very tasty. Did it for guests last weekend and am doing it for different guests this weekend. Lovely!

kerleo22's picture

Made this again today. forgot to buy carrots, so used parsnip instead.

katvic's picture

yummy thank you Barney x

katiemaur's picture

I made this for a dinner party and it was absolutely delicious - the lamb was meltingly soft, flavours were great and very easy to make (I made it the day before and just heated it up, great for chatting to friends!). Will definitely make again.

drfabio's picture

Loved this one and making it for friends again tonight. I thought it would be a bit bland with just 2tbsp of spice in (never having tried ras-el-hanout before), but boy was I wrong! I used the Arabica Spice Company one, and since then I've taken to adding it to soups and tomato sauces! Clara Jane: I think it must be something to do with your mix of spice - though I do also love the other lamb dish you're talking about, I thought this one has so much more flavour.

cjsansom's picture

Sorry but I wasn't impressed and I much preferred (loved) the Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds and mint recipe on this site. To be fair to the recipe, the problem could have been my rubbish attempt at combining the spices for the ras- el-hanout mix. I won't try this one again.

hayleyb54321's picture

lovely- becomming a weekly habit in my house!! have also tried it with lamb shanks- works just as well!!

juliesharp's picture

Brilliant and very easy recipe. Did this for 20 people at the weekend and it went down really well. Did a veggie version by omitting the lamb and subsituting it for aubergines. Found the spice mix in a large Sainsburys.

fatal6ert's picture

Easy to make but absolutely gorgeous. Fed it to a couple of friends for lunch and they raved about it (though I forgot to add the pomegranate seeds)

bocager's picture

I made this recipe by cooking a half shoulder of lamb in my slow cooker overnight with the onions, garlic and carrots, and water to make a good lamb stock. I took the tender meat off the bone and then used the same ingredients except that I used skimmed lamb stock for the stock. It was delicious, made loads and is a really cheap and tasty winter dish!

clarinda's picture

Sweet and delicious. Cut the apricots smaller. Made it for a celebration dinner after Christmas and enjoyed by all.

helena123's picture

Wonderful recipe, I served it with cous cous and it was delicious

kristo's picture

Not a lover of lamb but this was devine! Devoured!

kimkap's picture

Can anybody recommend something to replace apricots - it doesn't matter how many dishes I've tried with them I just don't like them.

vichampton's picture

Wow....really easy to make and it went down a treat. Will definitely be making this again. Is it possible to freeze, as I'll try that I think. Thankyou.

jackkarp09's picture

This was a fantastic dish, very easy to make - and great for a dinner party! I made it a day in advance, which meant that I was not stressed out in the kitchen on the day! I reaheated it on a low heat for a good half hour and served!!!

hanis82's picture

i don't care much for lamb, but i made this for my husband who does. he loved it! made my own mix of spices since i couldnt find the spice mix. the gravy itself was delicious and i ended up eating that and the chickpeas with cous cous. tasted even better the next day!


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