Tajine zrodiya (Carrot and lamb tagine)
This tagine comes from Tripoli in Libya.
- 900 g leg or shoulder of lamb, cut into 5 cm cubes
- 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons smen or 50 g butter
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon hilba
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 900 g small, young carrots, scraped (Chantenay carrots would be ideal)
- 3 tablespoons coriander or parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 6 olives
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Place all the ingredients, excluding the last 4 in a large pan and fry for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
- Add enough water to cover by 5 cm and bring to the boil.
- Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Add the carrots, re-cover and simmer for a further 20-30 minutes until the meat and carrots are cooked.
- Stir in the coriander or parsley and simmer vigorously until the sauce has reduced and thickened a little.
- When serving, sprinkle with the olives and lemon juice.
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