Lamb With Pear Tagine

"Tagine are Moroccan slow-cooked meat, fruit and vegetable dishes which are almost invariably made with lamb, but beef makes a nice alternative. I happened upon this recipe on the Berber Trading Company site while shopping for tagines. I love lamb and Moroccan food and this one looked interesting. This has a really nice flavor and goes well served with a flat bread or rice. Smells heavenly while cooking."
photo by L. Duch photo by L. Duch
photo by L. Duch
photo by L. Duch photo by L. Duch
Ready In:
2hrs 20mins


  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 lbs lamb, lean and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
  • water, enough to cover the meat
  • 12 cup almonds, slivered
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander, ground
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground


  • In a large sauce pan gently fry the onion in the olive oil until soft.
  • Add lamb, ginger, and coriander to the pan and cook until it changes color.
  • Add cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, and water to just cover the meat.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Cover and simmer gently until the meat is tender, about 1.5-2 hours.
  • If there seems to be a bit too much liquid, displace the lid after an hour of cooking.
  • Add the pears to the meat together with almonds. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until the pears are soft.
  • NOTE:

  • For a different twist on this, you can substitute mixed vegetables of your choice, instead of pear. It would make it more savory than sweet.

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  1. NovaM
    Made this exactly according to the recipie. Was easy to put together and tastes OK - the kids hated it, though! If I was to make this again, I'd ease up on the black pepper a little. This recipie is OK if you want to try something a little different, but I wouldn't serve this as a family meal.


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