Today’s article comes from Laura Najma in Morocco. Laura is an Italian woman, married to a Moroccan man, and homeschooling mom of a 10 year old girls and a 7 year old boy. Their multilingual house is filled with Italian, French, Arabic and English! Lucky them:).
Tajine is thick and richly spiced stew named for the round, clay dish with a cone-shaped cover in which it is prepared. It’s very common for families to eat tajine: it’s a daily recipe, not only for holidays or festivals. You can make tajine with a variety of vegetables, meats, and spices… it’s a matter of taste and everyone has their own combinations and recipes.
Traditionally lamb or mutton, tajine can also be made of beef, fish or poultry.
Some of the most popular are lamb with prunes and onions, chicken with lemon, chicken with almonds and hard boiled eggs, and meatballs with eggs.
But also tajine can be made only with vegetables and some spices- and these are very tasty! In this picture, I used onions, a little of oil, chicken, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes, with a little salt and cumin, and a half glass of water.
The best are cooked over a charcoal brazier, but people do cook tajine over a stove…charcoal grill is only a traditional way to cook tajine. The important thing is that tajine needs slow cooking… you will see that it will be ready when all of the ingredients are perfectly cooked!
Thank you so much Laura!!! This not only looks hearty and healthy, but also delicious!!! For many tajine recipes, try tagine.com, or Paula Wolfert’s famous cookbook Cous Cous and Other Good Foods From Morocco.