Lamb tagine with dates & sweet potatoes

Lamb tagine with dates & sweet potatoes

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(51 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs

Easy

Serves 10
This is one of those wonderful dishes that improves with keeping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal646
  • fat32g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre0g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.82g
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Ingredients

  • 6 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…

  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 2kg boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 5cm chunks
    Lamb

    Lamb

    laam

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

  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp each paprika and ground coriander
    Paprika

    Paprika

    pa-preek-ah

    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 850ml passata
  • 700g sweet potato, cut into chunks
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 350g pitted date
    Dates

    Date

    da-ate

    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

To serve

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

Method

  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.

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beginnersue
19th Feb, 2012
5.05
I made this according to the recipe, yum yum will definitely make again and try apricots next time for a change :-)
shroom
16th Jan, 2012
5.05
Tried this basic recipe using a tagine and cooked it in the oven. As as a tagine has a lid it helps keep the the meat moist, so recipe required a lot less liquid, half the water and half the passata. I also substituted the dates for dried apricots and added a tsp of Harissa as suggested by another contributor to add a bit of a kick, loved it, will try this again.
cjclare
19th Nov, 2011
Ive made this twice now and each time it has gone down a storm. It's best made the day before and heated through. As I like a touch of spice, the second time I made it I added a couple of teaspoons of harissa paste. Yums. recommended ... and its very easy too.
elsieonumonu
31st Oct, 2011
5.05
I made this for a baby shower and it went down really well. Everybody enjoyed it. I actually added the whole jar of Harissa paste and it gave it extra flavour. I made it the day before and it gave it time for the flavours to settle. I chopped up the dates which disintegrated into the stew but gave it a lovely flavour.
lwilliams82
6th Oct, 2011
5.05
I made this for 20 women at a hen do and they absolutey loved it! Served it with cous cous and salad, all it needed. Will try it with harissa next time as it would be even nicer with a bit of a kick.
childrenscook
6th Jul, 2011
5.05
Great recipe. Very well received by all. Advise: Chop the the dates into little pieces. You will get all the sweetness without the rough texture. Also omit the almonds or grind them for children. Remember top chefs cut corners and vary this recipe e.g. ground ginger and coriander ,some add turmeric, allspice , rose petals etc. Do whats convenient to you!!!!!!!!
childrenscook
6th Jul, 2011
5.05
Great recipe. Very well received by all. Advise: Chop the the dates into little pieces. You will get all the sweetness without the rough texture. Also omit the almonds or grind them for children. Remember top chefs cut corners and vary this recipe e.g. ground ginger and coriander ,some add turmeric, allspice , rose petals etc. Do whats convenient to you!!!!!!!!
chedges
7th Mar, 2011
4.05
Delicious will definitely make again. Use half the amount of dates though.
evelynjcooper
21st Feb, 2011
5.05
This recipe was quick and easy and tasted very good. I will definitely do it again.
nikkisherman
16th Feb, 2011
Help please...can i make this the night before and instead of freezing the dish after step for put it in the fridge? I dont have time after work to oven cook the dish for 1half hours so am trying to think of alternatives?? thank you!!

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