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Saffron lamb, yogurt and date tagine

Saffron Lamb, Yogurt and Date Tagine

Saffron Lamb, Yogurt and Date Tagine

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 4 persons
Calories 1041.7 kcal


For the stew

  • 350 grams reduced fat natural yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • pinch of saffron threads optional
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 400 grams lean lamb leg cut into 3cm pieces
  • As needed vegetable oil
  • 2 red onions cut into fine wedges
  • 400 ml reduced salt chicken stock
  • 400 grams can no added salt chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves for garnish
  • 80 grams fresh dates cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 bunches steamed baby carrots tossed in chopped coriander, for serving

For the couscous

  • 125 grams couscous
  • 125 ml water
  • Pepper and salt


For the stew:

  • Combine half of the yogurt with all the spices and garlic in a shallow container, and mix with the lamb. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick saucepan and gently cook three quarters of the onion for 5 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Reserve remaining onion for serving.
  • Add the lamb to the pan and cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until browned.
  • Add the stock and chickpeas.
  • bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour with the lid or until the lamb is tender.
  • Remove the lid and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.

For the couscous

  • Boil the water with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put the couscous into a bowl with some vegetable oil.
  • Add the boiling water to the bowl with couscous.
  • Wait 5 – 10 minutes or until the couscous is cooked.
  • Pro tip: the couscous will soak up all the water.

To serve

  • spoon lamb into a serving bowl, top with reserved onion, dollops of remaining yogurt and coriander, Serve the couscous on the side.


Calories: 1041.7kcalCarbohydrates: 132.54gProtein: 53.38gFat: 35.17gSaturated Fat: 9.85gSodium: 1442.33mgFiber: 21.26gSugar: 36.42g
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