Definition of tagine in English:

tagine

noun

  • A North African stew of spiced meat and vegetables prepared by slow cooking in a shallow earthenware cooking dish with a tall, conical lid.

    • ‘Place all the ingredients in a heavy casserole with a lid, put in a hot oven, when the tagine starts bubbling turn down to low and leave for 6 hours or until the meat is falling apart.’
    • ‘There was enough beef left for a curry or a tagine, but I didn't have the time for developed flavours.’
    • ‘Meat stews of the Middle East such as Moroccan tagine and Iranian khoresht are often spiced with cinnamon; indeed, in Lebanon and most of Syria the only spices used on meat are cinnamon and allspice.’
    • ‘More ambitious cooking and a decent wine list transforms the cafe into a delectable spot for Cornish sardines, tiger prawns with tomatoes, garlic and basil, tagines and paellas in the evenings.’
    • ‘You then share a Brasilian plate of two empenadas (baked turnovers, one beef and one sardine), red beans, salad and salsa, and the plat du jour, a lamb tajine, deliciously spiced.’
    • ‘I've also been baking tagines using spring lamb and plump, sweet prunes from Agen.’
    • ‘The main courses were a lamb and apricot tajine served with couscous, and carbonades made with Coreff (a beer from Brittany) and served with mashed potatoes.’
    • ‘A green papaya salad from Thailand and a lamb-and-prune tagine from Morocco are among Wayne's specialties.’
    • ‘We liked lamb tagine with apricots and the beef tagine with prunes.’
    • ‘The menu includes a range of tagines - Morocco's most popular dish - as well as richly flavoured seafood and vegetarian options.’
    • ‘Besides the scrumptious couscous, you may want to try one of any number of tagines, ranging from $20 - $30.’
    • ‘For something completely different at £3.95 there was the lamb tagine - tender pieces of meat cooked in olive oil and spices with red onion, apricot and almonds.’
    • ‘Once the table is cleared, large tagines of lamb or beef, or chicken, or all three arrive with the omnipresent peak of steaming couscous.’
    • ‘But, like most stews, tagines generally need to simmer too long to be put together after work.’
    • ‘A tagine of chicken with olives, preserved lemons and potato was impressive, and the grills here are first rate: kofta lamb, chunks of lamb and so on.’
    • ‘Another good bet is the savoury Tunisian lamb tagine, simmered with potato, eggs, cheese and herbs, then baked as a pie.’
    • ‘This spice mix has its origins in Tunisia and is used in couscous, meat dishes and some tagines.’
    • ‘The meat, which is much less tender, is ideal for the long slow cooking of a tagine.’
    • ‘The food, though inexpensive, is delicious: aromatic tagines, spicy merguez, sweet pastilla.’
    • ‘Full of local celebs, politicos, business types and tourists there's live African music thrown in that included a tap dancer on our night, and the delicious food includes everything from Moroccan tajines to saucy Afrikaner ox tail stews.’

Origin

From Moroccan Arabic ṭažin from Arabic ṭājin ‘frying pan’.

Pronunciation