Lamb, squash & apricot tagine

Lamb, squash & apricot tagine

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 40 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

A Moroccan mainstay, this slow-cooked casserole is flavoured with cinnamon and ras-el-hanout spices

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  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ras-el-hanout
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 600g lamb leg, diced into 2cm pieces, excess fat trimmed
  • 200g butternut squash, diced
  • 200g soft dried apricots
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml lamb or beef stock
  • zest 1 lemon
  • small bunch coriander
  • couscous and natural yogurt, to serve

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish, add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened. Add the garlic and spices and cook for a couple mins more, stirring to prevent them catching and burning.
  2. Add the lamb, squash and apricots to the casserole, pour over the tomatoes and stock, season well and bring to the boil. Put the lid on and transfer to the oven. After 1 hr, stir the tagine and return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 30 mins.
  3. Check the seasoning. Sprinkle over the zest and coriander, and serve in warm bowls with couscous and yogurt.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2012

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lizzerty's picture

Made tonight for the family. We all loved it! Lovely fragrant flavours with all the spices and fruit and the lamb was so tender. Will definitely be making this again.

borah_22's picture

Very easy and tasty!

Caroline M's picture

Easy and delicious

LouComley's picture

Used this recipe for my first ever attempt at making a tagine, it was so easy and tasted delicious! Will definitely be making it again.

jskrzyp's picture

Cooked this for 9 last night and everyone really enjoyed it. Used chicken instead of lamb but still just as good.

sarahlouiselake's picture

I really enjoyed this recipie, added red kidney beans for variety.

rachelmiddleton's picture
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Really delicious - great depth of flavour - probably the best tagine recipe I've made!

mrbothered's picture

I have made this and it was great. But, at the top it says 'flavoured with cinnamon and ras-el-hanout ', but there is no cinnamon listed? I know there is some in the spice mix but is that it? Just wondering, I did just as the recipe said and it was brilliant.

canvey's picture

Really lovely dish. First time I've cooked a tagine so just randomly chose a recipe and would definetely make it again. I added a can of chickpeas bout half way through.

sprinkles23's picture
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This was delicious but I was a bit heavy handed with the lemon zest before serving. I plan to make it again for a dinner party soon.

elwynn's picture
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Couldn't find ras el hanout at my super, so used their 'Morrocan' spice (probably much the same?). It worked a treat. A really good one pot dish, & easy to make. It didn't have to cook for 90 mins - it was ready after about an hour.

Highly recommended.

mickey_nz's picture
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Powerful flavours, my husband said it was worthy to make for guests and kept going back for seconds and thirds. I had no premade ras-el-hanout so looked up the spice mixture from epicurious and put that in and it was awesome.

loon4me's picture

Ate this at a friend's. Fantastic and easy to cook. Will definitely be making myself.

julesthenorweegie's picture
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I was in a hurry yesterday, and had some leftover lamb mince, some apricots and butternut squash, and found this recipe! I only used the right ingredients, not the same measurements. Because I used mince, the cooking time could be reduced, and I think I let it simmer for 40 minutes. I also used leek instead of onion, as I had some that had to be used. Will probably try and make the proper tagine one day - lovely combination of flavours! It was the first time I used apricots in cooking, but they sort of melted into the mixture, neat!

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Easy to make. Smelled lovely and spicy when it was cooking and was well received.