Veal and Vegetable Tajine

imageimageTajine is one of the Arabs’ favorite food. There are thousand of recipe in the arabic countries. Each countries put different Ingredients, different spices but still all the tajines are delicious. Besides, tajine is a good way to eat vegetables, since many recipes have many veggies in them. Many prefer to make meat tajine with lamb but in the following recipe I am using veal. Also you do not have to use the same veggies as Ive put in the recipe, you can use veggies you have on hand like brocolis, peas, olive, cauliflower. The following recipe is one which I make often, its like a basic one. Later on I Will share other tajine recipes on my blog.

Ingredients :
1kg of veal with bones
1 fennel
1 turnip
2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
2 carrots
2 small potatoes
500g pumpkin
1 chopped onion
3 chopped cloves of garlic
5 tbsp tomato puree
Spices: 1 tsp cumin powder, 2 tbsp raz el hanout, 1 tbsp red couscous spice, 1/2 tsp ginger powder
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Cut the veal into medium size pieces.
  2. Wash the pieces and put them in a cooking pot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, the chopped onion and garlic. Add some salt and pepper.
  3. Cover the meat with water and let it cook slowly for about 1hr. Cover the pot after 5mins( note that here I don’t suggest using pressure cooker, the meat dries out, whereas, for tajine the meat should be very soft and juicy, to achieve this result you should let it Cook slowly in a covered pot).
  4. In the meantime, prepare the veggies, wash them and cut into large chunks, note that you shouldn’t remove the pumpkin’s skin. Skin should be removed only for turnip, carrots and potatoes.
  5. Once the meat is cooked and the water has dry out add the spices, the veggies and the tomato puree. Now add enough water to cover all the veggies. Cover the pot and let the tajine cook for further 45mins until all the veggies are cooked but still hold their shapes. Adjust the taste if you need to. Turn off the Heat.
  6. Serve with couscous and harissa or any hot sauce for those who like spicy food.

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