Tales of Tagine: Tagine's Role in Moroccan Cooking

If you are familiar with Moroccan cooking, the word “tagine” has probably come up a few times. Tagines are flavor-dense meals that typically use apricots, dates, almonds, and/or honey for a taste you will not soon forget. But tagine is much more than a decadent dish­–it is also a two-piece clay cookware set that can be traced back to nomads in North Africa making food over an open fire.

Tag Along with Tagine

Tagine cookware is a cone-shaped clay cooking pot that simmers and spices a variety of dishes. Did the nomads use clay because they wanted to show off their pottery skills? We can’t say for sure. What we can say for sure is that clay is known for bringing forth mouth-watering flavors and tenderness. Thanks to their conical shape, tagines allow steam to rise up, condensate, and fall back down to continuously baste ingredients for a moist, buttery food finale.

Make a Mean Tagine

You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to enjoy a tagine meal. This month’s Ras el Hanout Blend can make a variety of tagine dishes. Seeking something spicy? Ras el Hanout is perfect to use when making mrouzia, a classic Moroccan tagine dish. If meat is not your mojo, then our vegan Ras el Hanout eggplant chickpea tagine is for you. No matter how you hanout, our January spice blend is sure to become a mealtime staple.

Ready to get cooking? Give this month’s RawSpiceBar recipes a try. Share your creations with us on Instagram, and follow along for tasty tips and tricks. 


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