tagine kefta

last christmas m & i where gifted a le creuset tagine – a beautiful red one – and despite our excitement and joy at eventually owning such a beautiful bit of kitchen ware – i regret to say, we have hardly used her!

but that is set to change! ( or at least the intention is…. )

today i tried my first tagine kefta

moroccan meatball tagine


400g minced lean lamb

1 red onion finely chopped

2 tbsp bread crumbs

1 egg

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp olive oil


1 red onion sliced

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

4 tsp harissa paste

400g tin of chopped tomatoes

200ml lamb stock

1 tbsp olive oil

250g cous cous to serve

start with the meatballs ūüôā



pop all the meatball ingredients into one large bowl

stick your hands in and give it a good ole mix about

then roll up into little meatballs! if you roll the mixture around between your two hands it comes together nicely!

each meatball is around 1 1/2 inches across & i made 21 out of the recipe

heat the base of your tagine to a magine heat and add a tbsp on olive oil – proceed to brown the meatballs in small batches

once all the meatballs are done – set them aside for later and

begin on the sauce


start by softening the red onions in a  tablespoon of olive oil

add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer before adding the meatballs back onto the tagine base

put the lid on the tagine and leave for approx 50mins

then remove the meatballs and approx 1/2 of the onions & tomatoes from the tagine and place them to one side

this will only be a few minutes – dont worry they should stay perfectly warm – but cover it with tinfoil if you want!

i then added cous cous to the remaining liquid – and covered it over for 5 mins

at voila

nomnomnom – highly recommended ūüėÄ



    • me
      July 21, 2011 / 10:50 AM
      i was thinking about this last night - i am nearly positive that, with this dish in particular, a deep saucepan would do a similar job. I imagine it would be different with chicken and larger pieces of meat, but the meatballs are nearly covered in sauce for most of the cooking procedure :)
  1. July 21, 2011 / 10:01 AM
    Wow!! That sounds and looks amazing!! Yum yum!Very well documented too!! Keep 'em coming!
    • me
      July 21, 2011 / 11:06 AM
      thanks Geoff :) got a good few more in the pipeline - but my head comes up with things i want to cook too quickly for my time and hands!
  2. July 21, 2011 / 10:12 AM
    Ah yup. I need to make this!!! Looks delicious Mrs Meagan.
    • me
      July 21, 2011 / 11:21 AM
      my only prob was only place i could get lamb mince was the supermarket :)

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