Meat in North Africa is most commonly beef, veal or lamb. Due to religious beliefs in the region, some meats are not considered Halal and are therefore seldom ever used. Meat cooking in North Africa is often done by slowly stewing it in some sort of sauce, often accompanied by some vegetables.
Some countries use more spices in their beef dishes, while others rely on tomato sauce to add flavor. This traditional Moroccan tagine recipe is delicious and easy to prepare. It fuses the sweet and savory taste of beef, sugared prunes, and spices to create a unique flavor.
Beef Prune Tagine
The beef prune tagine is a delicious African recipe that is a great option for dinner! It is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. If you need some new dinner ideas, try out this delicious recipe!
500 grams of beef cubes
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon allspice mix, preferably Moroccan allspice
4 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
salt and pepper to taste
4 cinnamon sticks
1 cup of water
Almonds and sesame for garnish
In a medium bowl, mix all the spices except the ground cinnamon together, then add half the oil and stir to create a runny paste
Add the beef cubes to the bowl and let stand. You can marinate the meat for a few hours.
Preheat a saucepan over a medium-high flame, then add the remaining oil
Add the onion to the pot, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until it is golden in color, but not browned.
Add the garlic to the pot and stir for a few seconds until fragrant
Now, pour the marinated beef cubes into the pot and brown first on one side, then on the other. To make sure the meat gets good browning, avoid moving the cubes around
Add 1 cup of water and 2 cinnamon sticks to the pot, then cover and cook over low, medium flame for one hour
Put the prunes in a pot, then fill with water until completely covered, and add 2 cinnamon sticks to the pot
Bring the mixture to a boil, then let it simmer for 10 minutes
Add the sugar and ground cinnamon, then let it simmer some more for about ten more minutes
Pour the beef from the tagine into a serving platter and top with the sugared prunes
Use slivered almonds or sesame for garnis
Serve with Moroccan bread and salad
Calories 350, Fat 27 grams, Cholesterol 0 milligrams, Sodium 76 milligrams, Carbs 27 grams, Protein 6.3 grams