Tagine Cooking

Immediately recognizable with its distinctive lid, a tagine can create stews with almost any imaginable ingredient. A heavy clay base disperses heat evenly throughout the dish, while the conical lid captures any condensation and returns the moisture to the food. The resulting slow-braise has two effects: ingredients become extremely tender, and any seasonings are strongly infused into the dish.

Tagines are omnipresent in Moroccan cuisine, creating dishes of the same name. A typical vegetarian tagine might include half a dozen different vegetables seasoned with twice as many spices (common seasonings include thyme, saffron, turmeric, cumin, paprika, pepper, and the North African spice blend Ras el hanout. The tagine is typically accompanied by a side of rice or couscous, and is often topped with a serving of french fries.

 


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