You heard it right, it’s time for me to share a dish that’s a delight to make and eat. And I don’t want to offend all the great cooks that make tajine but unless you’ve eaten one made by a Moroccan, you haven’t tasted the real tajine yet!
But hey who says you can’t learn to make one like a Moroccan right? I myself have made this dish only a few times, simply because my mom makes the best tajines ever, so why would I make one when I know I can enjoy a much better tajine!
Hey I do help out so I’m not extorting my mom or anything I promise. But look at this beauty though!
Tajine’s pottery is typically round-shaped but this one is a more modern design you could say which is why it’s a square. We also have a lot of round shaped ones in different sizes. The sizes you use depend on how many people you’re feeding, as you might already know this dish is supposed to be eaten directly from the tajine.
So let’s get to business, tajine also has many different variations as you can make it with various types of meat and/or vegetables. The one made today is pretty simple and contains the following ingredients:
- Meat (Veal)
- Olive oil
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried plums (Prunes)
- Salt and pepper
- Minced ginger (or powder)
- Turmeric powder
- Minced garlic (or powder)
As you can see in this particular tajine we used veal but you could also use chicken, lamb or fish although the seasoning should be different if you use another type of meat. In case you want to try another type of meat and don’t know what seasoning should be used, let me know!
For the preparation you should commence with putting some olive oil in the tajine and cook the meat with the seasoning in the tajine, don’t add all the vegetables until the meat is cooked (not quite well-done yet though) and tender. When the meat is cooked you can add the tomatoes, onions and dried plums. All you have to do then is put on the lid and let it cook on low heat. You could add some water to create more sauce but the meat and vegetables alone should create a nice juicy sauce themselves.
And then if it’s done………..
It’s time to dig in! Tajine is typically eaten with bread but if you’re watching your carb intake, you could always just eat it without bread 🙂
Hope you enjoy!