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Lamb Tagine With Couscous
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 30 min
Servings: 6
A gourmet twist on with the taste of North Africa


  • olive or canola oil spray
  • 600 g lamb leg steaks, trimmed of fat, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 brown onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pepper, to taste
  • 350 mL salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 400 g can no-added-salt diced tomatoes
  • 1 x 400 g can no-added-salt chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 1/2cm dice
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2cm dice
  • 2/3 cup dried apricot, quartered
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, stems and leaves chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin or ground coriander, extra
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water


  1. Spray a large non-stick pot with oil and place over medium heat.
  2. Add half the lamb to pan and brown on all sides for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the pan, set aside and repeat with remaining lamb.
  3. Cook onion and garlic over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add spices and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Return meat to pan along with stock, tomatoes, chickpeas, sweet potato, carrots, apricots and coriander stems. Season with pepper and stir to combine. Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes until vegetables are tender and lamb is cooked through.
  5. In a medium heatproof bowl combine couscous, extra cumin, lemon juice and rind and boiling water. Cover and set aside for 3 minutes or until ready to serve. Fluff couscous with a fork to separate grains and stir through half the chopped coriander leaves.
  6. Stir remaining coriander into tagine, reserving some for serving.
  7. Divide couscous and tagine between serving plates and top with coriander.


Replace the apricots with dates or sultanas.

Healthy tip!

To eat less saturated fat, choose leaner cuts of meat and and trim the fat off meat before cooking.

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Nutrition Information

per serving per 100g
Energy 1863 kJ 397 kJ
445 Cal 95 Cal
Protein 31 g 7 g
Fat, total 9 g 2 g
— saturated 2 g 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 55 g 12 g
— sugars 18 g 4 g
Sodium 468 mg 100 mg
Fibre 10 g 2 g

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Comments (9)

  • LiveLighter

    Hi Tammy, That's great to hear! If your family likes cauliflower rice, check out our cashew chicken recipe It's a winner :) -AF
    Posted on: 18 Aug 14

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    The kids asked me to make sure I cook this one again... To make it gluten free we used "cauliflower rice" instead of the couscous. Even I was impressed!
    Posted on: 18 Aug 14

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    Loved this. I used only 1/3 cup of apricots and added half a chilli
    Posted on: 04 Feb 14

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    Delicious - big hit with the whole family, including the 11 yr old!
    Posted on: 03 Feb 14

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