Family meals: Easy lamb tagine

Family meals: Easy lamb tagine

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 10 mins


Serves a family of 4 - 6 or makes 6-8 toddler meals
Sweet juicy apricots and tender butternut squash are a winner with kids and make for a delicious Middle Eastern family meal for toddlers through to teens and beyond

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal413
  • fat21.7g
  • saturates7.5g
  • carbs27.3g
  • sugars22.4g
  • fibre6.4g
  • protein27.2g
  • salt1g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 1 onion, finely diced



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

  • 2 carrot, finely diced (about 150g)



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

  • 500g diced leg of lamb
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, crushed



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • ½ tsp cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 100g soft dried apricot, quartered
  • 1 low-salt vegetable stock cube
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into 1cm dice
  • steamed couscous or rice, to serve



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • chopped parsley and toasted pine nuts, to serve (optional)



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan and add the onion and carrot. Cook for 3- 4 mins until softened.

  2. Add the diced lamb and brown all over. Stir in the garlic and all the spices and cook for a few mins more or until the aromas are released.

  3. Add the honey and apricots, crumble in the stock cube and pour over roughly 500ml boiling water or enough to cover the meat. Give it a good stir and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer, put the lid on and cook for 1 hour.

  4. Remove the lid and cook for a further 30 mins, then stir in the squash. Cook for 20 – 30 mins more until the squash is soft and the lamb is tender. Serve alongside rice or couscous and sprinkle with parsley and pine nuts, if using.

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Comments (40)

Liam brittain's picture

very good recipe, even my 11 month old loved this one and hes a crack head

Will Jones's picture

wow, such an inspiration.

magsparr's picture

Nice. Perhaps needed a touch more spice. Might try that next time. I added the tin of tomatoes as suggested elsewhere. Also as mentioned elsewhere the squash needed a lot longer cooking and I did top up the water. I cooked this in the oven on 155 fan in a tagine for 2.25 hours.

Norma. mackey's picture

Absolutely delicious! Loved the sweetness of this dish. However, I needed to add extra water as the 500mls just bubbled away. Will definitely try again. Empty plates and everyone had seconds!

diannemoore's picture

Easily doubled; freezes well; reheats beautifully. Definitely making this again - even hubby who isn't keen on lamb enjoyed it.

Hannajayne's picture

This is a great recipe - everyone loved it and very tasty.

heaneye's picture

My little boy loves this. It's easy to make and has a subtle comforting taste.

Nickywesterberg's picture

My husband doesn't eat lamb: he ate this!
My kids don't eat veggies: they ate this!
Really lovely meal, ideal for chilly days. My local store didn't have butternut squash, so I used swede instead which worked perfectly.

Harrysbakingmummy's picture

Delicious and easy to make. My supermarket didn't have diced leg meat so I bought leg steaks and diced myself and they worked perfectly. My 3 year old son loved helping to cook and ate his whole plate full.

ziacka's picture

Can I freeze this?

Niniminnie's picture

Made this for a dinner party of 6 adults. Total success and really yummy. I bought 1.2k of meat - enough for second helpings. I added a can of chopped tomatoes, per one of the comments. Will definitely make this again, was great.

Kelsbels83's picture

I very regularly make this for my toddler, who is an extremely fussy eater! He loves it! We eat it as a family but the adults aren't as keen as he is.

Daisy@Cheaperseeker's picture

Really tasted!Looking at special have appetite,though maybe taking time .

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peachy1984's picture

Having budget bought a leg of lamb I was looking for some inspiration to use up my left overs when I came across this recipe. I found this a really easy and tasty dish to make, I literally popped all of the ingredients in a large pan in one go (including chunks of pre roasted lamb) missed out the carrot as I realised I had run out, added a heaped teaspoon of Harissa and left to simmer for about an hour. The flavour was just lovely and made a tasty meal with cous cous. Much less time consuming than following the method with fresh meat and a new favourite way of stretching a joint further.

k8bradley's picture

Really tasted, cooked for longer than suggested and lamb was beautiful. Also added some tomato purée and fresh ginger. Might add some Harissa paste next time but it was yummy as it was.

Kristen73's picture

Made this to the recipe but cooked it after adding the squash for maybe an hour - it was delicious and the toasted pine nuts were worth adding.

catrad's picture

Very nice. Takes time, but once you've started it cooking you only need to check on it every half hour really. Three clean plates tonight plus three extra portions for work lunches. I served this with cinnamon couscous, a recipe stolen from the cinnamon rubbed salmon elsewhere on this site - add a dash of ground cinnamon plus a handful of sultanas to the couscous before adding the liquid - lovely!'s picture

An average tagine. Quite sweet, flavours lost. My 2.5 year old ate it though, so I'll probably cook it again. It's not something to be cooked in a hurry though.


Questions (2)

ziacka's picture

Can I freeze this?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there thanks for your question. Yes this is freezable.

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