Lamb Meatball and Fava Bean Tagine / Morocco Recipe

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240 mins (prep 120, cooking 120)
20 ingredients
6 servings
This is truly a hand-crafted meal - it takes time. I know that only the most devoted will make this. But it is nothing short of spectacular and was my favorite Spring dish. I'd eat it weekly. This is how I recall Mina made for me when I lived in Marrakech. I'm sharing it just because it is a personal favorite and, for guests, a show-stopper. As in many cuisines, the Moroccan kitchen has many helpers. This is a labor of love for me, and for a staffed kitchen, it is a snap. I strongly recommend using fresh fava beans. You may use then skin on or skin off, as I have here. Skin on is great fiber, the skin is thick and chewy, loaded with flavor. Blanched and peeled makes a professional and colorful presentation and the bean will be as sweet and tender as fresh English peas. I like it both ways. You may also try the dish with dried favas, soaked overnight with a change of water. 5 pounds of fresh favas will get you a bit more than 1 pound of beans, and could cost you around $12-15.00 fo the lot. 1 pound of dried favas with cost you about $1.50. You decide - restaurant and guests, or family... I wish the photos were scratch & sniff. The beauty of the Moroccan kitchen is in the layering and segregation of herbs and spices within one dish. This dish is a good example: the meatballs have thier seasoning and those flavors are seared and sealed into the meatball. The vegetable part of the dish has it's own spices and herbs. When combined, the dish is transported to a new gustatory destination. I've not found this exact recipe in any Moroccan cookbook, but you will come no closer to a true Moroccan culinary experience than you'll find in my friend, Paula Wolfert's, "Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco" (1972). For me, Paula is the Queen of Magrebi Cuisine - the Julia Child of the Magreb - but much cuter.

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Serving Size (4.44 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 4.23 Calories from Fat 1.17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.13g 1.25%
Saturated Fat 0.04g 1.21%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 2.94mg 0.74%
Total Carbohydrate 0.99g 1.97%
Dietary Fiber 0.36 g 8.64%
Sugars 0.03 g %
Protein 0.12g 1.48%
Vitamin A 1.69IU% Vitamin C 0.31mg%
Calcium 8.13mg% Iron 0.14mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
meatballs, ground lamb, c, ground cumin, sweet paprika, spanish onion, shelled, cracked black pepper, ground tumeric, ground ginger, grated, spanish onion, c, fresh coriander, hot, c olive oil, fresh lemon juice, c, c