Lamb and Apricot Tagine

Don’t be put off by the cooking time, this is very simple to make. The many spices in the Ras El Hanout build up a lovely depth of flavour that brings out the best in the lamb and apricots.


900g Shoulder of lamb, cut into 3cm chunks
35g Shemin’s Ras El Hanout Spice Blend
400g Chopped tomatoes
2 large Onions, peeled and finely sliced
1/2 tsp Saffron threads
1 tbsp Tomato purée
2 tbsp Olive oil
4 Garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
400g Dried apricots
A little pared lemon zest and the juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp Honey
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
A handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped, plus a few sprigs to garnish
A small handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
Lemon wedges, to serve


1. Put the lamb into a bowl, add Shemin’s Ras El Hanout and mix together well. Cover and leave to stand in a cool place for at least 3 hours.
2. Put the spiced lamb, tomatoes and onions into a large pot and add enough water to just cover. Bring to a simmer, and then add the saffron, tomato puree, olive oil and garlic. Stir well, return to a simmer, then lower the heat. Cook very gently, with the lid partially on, for 2 hours.
3. Add the apricots, lemon zest and juice and honey. Cook gently for another 30 minutes, adding a little water if you think it is needed. Taste and season, adding a little more honey if you prefer. Stir in the chopped coriander and mint.

Serve garnished with coriander sprigs, with lemon wedges on the side. Accompany with Shemin’s breads or rice.

Serves 6

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