A hearty winter meal, combining lamb, tomatoes, herbs and spices was on the menu this week, after a few rainy days. Although the temperatures have been quite mild (so far) for this early stage of Winter, it's still cool enough to crave a belly warming meal, and this dish certainly fit the bill. I threw it together after a hard day at the office, and it was ready in no time. Frying off the meatballs was no trouble, as you just need to brown them so they retain their shape, whilst bubbling away in the rich and spicy tomato sauce. The coriander added at the end of cooking was the finishing touch to a very satisfying meal.
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Lamb Kifta Tagine with Eggs
- 500g lamb, finely minced
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil for frying
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 cans tomatoes (400g), drained and chopped
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
- 500ml water
- 1/3 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 6 eggs
To make the meatballs, combine the ingredients and, using wet hands, form the mixture into walnut-sized balls. Heat the oil and brown the meatballs all over. Drain well on paper towels.
For the sauce, heat the oil in a heavy-based casserole dish and lightly sauté the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, except the water, fresh herbs and eggs, and stir well. Then stir in the water and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer the sauce, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until it has reduced to a very thick gravy.
Add the meatballs to the sauce and continue cooking for a further 8 minutes. Carefully break the whole eggs into the sauce, cover with a lid and cook until the eggs are just set – about 5 minutes. Serve at once, liberally garnished with the fresh herbs and with plenty of Turkish bread at the side to mop up the runny egg yolks. Alternatively, accompany with a dish of plain buttered couscous and a dollop of thick natural yoghurt.