Cinnamon Lamb Tagine with Apricots

Courtesy of Robert Rose, Inc.
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


3tablespoons avocado or olive oil
1-- onion, cut into quarters
1tablespoon garam masala or Moroccan cinnamon spice blend
1 1/2pounds boneless lamb leg, trimmed and cubed
2-- garlic cloves, chopped
1-- (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
2-- carrots, cut into coins
1-- medium zucchini, chopped
1/2cup sliced dried apricots
1cup cooked chickpeas, drained
1tablespoon honey


  1. In the bottom of a flameproof tagine, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add spice blend, lamb and garlic, stirring to coat lamb with vegetables and seasonings. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 7 minutes or until lamb is browned on all sides.
  2. Add tomatoes with juice, carrots, zucchini and apricots and bring liquids to a boil, stirring frequently. Cover with tagine lid, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in chickpeas and honey, replace lid and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until lamb is tender. Lamb should cut easily with a fork and if not quite tender, replace cover and simmer until tender.

Excerpted from 150 Best Tagine Recipes by Pat Crocker © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.