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A delicious, sweet, and fragrant tagine usually made for Eid al-Adha, but also perfect for winter days. This dish is best made a day in advance, as it tastes twice as good the next day! Serve with couscous, rice, or bread.


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30 mins
1 hr 20 mins
8 hrs
9 hrs 50 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Mix water, paprika, ras el hanout, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and salt in a small bowl. Add red pepper flakes to the spice paste if you want more of a kick to your dish.

  • Place lamb cubes in a large bowl and rub in the spice paste. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven. Add onions, shallot, garlic, and cinnamon sticks; saute for 6 to 8 minutes. Add lamb with the spice paste. Cover with chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add more stock if lamb looks dry.

  • Add almonds, carrots, apricots, raisins, prunes, and honey to the Dutch oven. Simmer until lamb is completely tender, carrots are cooked, and almonds are slightly softened, 15 to 30 minutes more. Add lemon juice. Season with salt.

Cook's Notes:

Use lamb neck meat in addition to, or instead of, lamb shoulder if preferred.

Substitute water for the chicken stock if preferred.

If using a pressure cooker, cook for 25 to 35 minutes, then take off the lid and continue simmering on low heat.

Nutrition Facts

494 calories; protein 21.6g; carbohydrates 34.7g; fat 32.2g; cholesterol 78.5mg; sodium 294.6mg. Full Nutrition