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Lamb Tajine

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The "tajine" (or "tagine" is both the word for the dish (as a main course) and for the clay pot that is used in North Africa for cooking the dish.
There are so many variations aound this recipe that in order to keep a good relationship with everyone, I will deliver a standard recipe which is in the "middle" of all trends.

For 6 persons
  1. 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) lamb boneless shoulder, cut into 1 inch long cubes
  2. 1 sliced onion
  3. 50 grams (1.5 oz) dry raisins
  4. 50 grams (1.5 oz) peeled almonds
  5. 1/2 liter beef stock
  6. 1 large soupspoonful liquid honey
  7. 1 soupspoonful ras-el-hanout (blend of 27 different oriental spices
  8. table salt
  9. 3 soupspoonfuls olive oil
  10. fresh coriander leaves
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1/Heat 2 soupspoonfuls olive oil into a large cooking pan and when heated, roast in it the meat (add some salt) until browned during 2-3 minutes.
2/Add the sliced onion and gently cooked covered with a lid during 2 minutes, then add the honey, ras-el-hanout and the dry raisins, stir well then pour the beef stock
3/When the stock is boiling, control and ajust (if needed) the seasoning and let it gently cook during 50 minutes.
4/In the meantime, heat the 3rd soupspoonful olive oil into a frying pan and roast into it the almonds during 2 minutes, then drain them and keep them aside
5/Pre-heat the oven at 170°C (338°F)
6/Pour the lamb stew into your tajine pot, add the almonds and a little chopped fresh coriander leaves, cover with the tajine lid and put into the oven during 50 minutes

Serve your lamb tajine on the middle of the table, with a dish of fine "couscous".

Chef Shabi Battikh is not only a friend of mines : he is also the bright chef of the Sofitel Pal Beach hotel in Djerba (Tunisia)
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