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Superb Tajine from Morocco

posted on: May 28, 2024

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer

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Tajines are the second favoured dish in Morocco, right after couscous. Cooked from all types of meat and vegetables, as well as, at times, with almonds, fruit and eggs, they are on the everyday menu. 

In Morocco, tajines are cooked over very low heat for many long hours, at times overnight, producing a dish infused with a wonderful combination of meats, vegetables and spices.  

Although the unique feature in the making of tajines is based on the slow cooking method, I have created a ‘quicker’ version specifically catered toward the fast-paced lives of the rushing North American cooks.  Despite the traditional slow-cooking process being the authentic one, the methods below still produce a superb nourishing and delectable dish.  

Egg and Almond Stew – Tajine Tufaaya

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Serves 4 to 6

3 tablespoons butter

2 medium onions, finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1 pinch saffron

2 pounds beef or lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes

6 1/2 cups water

4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup slivered almonds

4 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and quartered 

Melt butter in a saucepan, then add the onion, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, saffron and meat.  Stir-fry over medium heat until meat begins to brown then add water and coriander.  Cover, then cook over low heat for 2 hours or until meat is well cooked, stirring occasionally and adding more water if necessary.  Turn off heat and set aside. 

Heat oil over medium-low in a frying pan, then add almonds and sauté until golden.  Remove from oil and set aside.

Place meat with its sauce in a serving platter, then garnish with almonds.  Place egg quarters spaced evenly on top, then serve hot with instant couscous or cooked rice.