Fruity lamb tagine

Fruity lamb tagine

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(196 ratings)

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
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • 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 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



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

  • 2 large carrots, 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
  • 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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23rd Oct, 2019
Incredibly tasty for a dish so quick to prepare! Everyone had seconds. I followed the recipe but cooked in my tagine on the hob for about 1.5 hours. Wasn’t fussed about the pomegranate but we did use it along with the coriander and I think it really took the dish up another level. Totally fuss free and good enough for a dinner party!
3rd Nov, 2018
20th Oct, 2018
Delicious, I used ras el hanout recipe from elsewhere on this site. Does need cooking for longer for that falling apart tenderness. Highly recommended.
16th Oct, 2018
Made this is slow cooker with half of the stock. Im not a confident cook and wasn't sure about using chickpeas and apricots because i hadnt used them before so only added half. My fussy husband said he would try it but I didn't think he would like it. But what a success. It was delicious. The lamb fell apart, the flavour not too spicy, the apricots just added a subtle sweetness and will next use full amount next time. I served it with cous cous and flat bread. Even my 10 year old son who is so hard to please said it was ok! Can't wait to cook it again.
13th Feb, 2018
Lovely recipe with a great taste I added a few dates to it as well along with the apricots
29th Jan, 2018
Cooked this yesterday for the first time and it was absolutely gorgous. I slightly reduced the ras-el-hanout as I was afraid it would be to spicy but don't think I needed to at all. Will definitely make again using the correct quantity of spice. The sweetness more than offset any spiceiness.
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28th Nov, 2017
excellent. used lamb neck, cooked for about 3 hrs, sauce thickened nicely and the lamb melted in the mouth. definitely advise to cook a lot longer than stated.
2nd Nov, 2017
Used equal parts beef and lamb as lamb to make it a bit less expensive. Left it in the oven for nearly 2.5 hours. Lovely flavours, goes great with couscous, though the sweetness does take some getting used to. Mixed feelings about the pomegranate.
7th Oct, 2017
Great recipe but I had to cook it 2.5 hours and add extra stock as it was drying out (probably because of the extra time in the oven) it was necessary to cook longer so the lamb was tender. Next time I will add less apricots and maybe include some other vegetable such as squash or sweet potato.
2nd Oct, 2017
Absolutely loved this dish. I used the slow cooker. Just reduced the stock to about 400mls and left the apricots out. By then putting in the fridge overnight, I was able to remove any fat that had risen to the top. Halved the apricots ('Ready to eat'ones) and reheated everything for about 15 mins so the apricots became nice and soft. Didn't bother with the pomegranate seeds. Served with Ainsley Harriot's Moroccan couscous (plus finely chopped red onion and red peppers) and flatbreads. Absolutely delicious!


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Kay Barrett
15th Jan, 2020
I can’t eat tomatoes, could I make this without? Any ideas for a substitute?
17th Jan, 2020
Hello Kay, You could just add a little more stock instead of tomatoes, use a rich flavoured stock plus a splash of vinegar for acidity. I hope this helps.
26th Oct, 2019
Surely it’s not two tablespoons of rasa hanout?
goodfoodteam's picture
2nd Nov, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes it is! We hope you enjoy the recipe.
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Joan Carne
8th Dec, 2018
How long to reheat the following day also after it has been frozen?
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10th Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. The easiest way to reheat this is on the hob, once defrosted. It should take about 10 mins and needs to be bubbling and piping hot throughout.
15th Nov, 2018
I’m curious, why chicken stock and not lamb?!
goodfoodteam's picture
18th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. Chicken stock is more readily available and imparts a great flavour to this dish. If you have lamb stock you can use this instead.
8th Aug, 2017
Can you freeze this?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Aug, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can freeze this. We put a blue star above the nutritional information at the top of our recipes if they freeze well. Hope this helps in future.


12th Dec, 2015
Very good recipe, I follow it in 100% but in the end I put too many apricots. If you use apricots already rehydrated, you can put 200g, if they are dried and hard, put half (100g). You can also replace can tomatoes with fresh ones. Just put them in hot water for a minute, peel them and cut.
14th Sep, 2013
I made this same as recipe but changed tin of tomatoes to passatta and used a Schwartz's Moroccan mixed spice instead of the ras el hangout as recommended and was beautiful
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