Lamb tagine with dates & sweet potatoes

Lamb tagine with dates & sweet potatoes

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs

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Serves 10

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  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 2kg boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 5cm chunks
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp each paprika and ground coriander
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 850ml passata
  • 700g sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 350g pitted dates

To serve

  • 100g blanched almonds, toasted
  • good handful coriander, roughly chopped

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  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep pan. Add the onions, then gently fry until softened, about 5 mins. Stir in the ginger, add the meat in batches, then fry on all sides until lightly coloured. Return all the meat to the pan, stir in the spices and cinnamon sticks, then cook for 1 min.
  2. Add the passata and 800ml water, then bring to the boil, stirring. Season well, then cover and simmer for 1½ hrs, until the lamb is tender.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, stir well, cover again, then cook for 20 mins or until the potatoes are just tender. Stir in the dates and heat through for 5 mins. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary. To serve, spoon the tagine into a serving dish and scatter with the almonds and coriander.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2008

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Loved it - omitted the dates as the children didn't like them. scrummy food.

melaniemuirtaylor's picture

Made this last night for 10 people. It was a great success. I added 2 tsp of Harissa paste which worked well.

anya_eva's picture
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delicious and really easy. I made it well in advance. Only trouble was that I cooked the sweet potato for too long so it disintergrated into the sauce - but the flavours are awesome and really warming. Very easy really.

kellybee77's picture

Made this at the weekend and it was beautiful. I did as Lillian did and substituted the dates with dried apricots but used the passata and water and it was just perfect. Clean plates all round!

ldbsxe's picture
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Delicious, I substituted the dates with dried apricots and used a homemade tomato sauce (made from excess tomatoes from garden and garlic, simmered for 2 hours and frozen) instead of the passata and water. Will definately make again