Asked by: Jinsheng Porter
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Should a tagine have a hole in the lid?

Last Updated: 15th April, 2021

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The "modern" tagines DO NOT have a hole in the top of the lid. Yes, traditional Morroccan and Tunisian tagines/tajines have the conical top with hole. The idea is twofold: (1) to condense and return the pot liquor to the dish; and (2) provide for a cool-enough "handle" for removal to add ingredients, stir, etc.

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Keeping this in consideration, should a tagine have a hole in the top?

Some cooking tagines have "steam release" holes in the lid. Hand made, rather than manufactured tagines may not have a steam hole because the lid does not fit tight to the base and steam can release during the cooking process.

Subsequently, question is, can you use a tagine in the oven? Tagines may also be used over small fires or in braziers over charcoal. If you use a clay or ceramic tagine in an oven, place the cold tagine in a cold oven on a rack, then set the temperature to no more than 325 to 350 F.

what can I use if I don't have a tagine?

Your trusty slow cooker does the same work as a tagine! If you don't have a slow cooker you can use a heavy, shallow baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake your delicious creation in a 275-300 degree oven for several hours.

What is the best tagine to buy?

Best tagines

  • SCANPAN – Impact Tagine with Ceramic Lid.
  • Le Creuset – Cast Iron & Stoneware Tagine.
  • Emile Henry – Tagine.
  • Castleton Home – Calisto Terracotta Round Tagine.
  • LEON – Terracotta Tagine.
  • Amazing Cookware – Terracotta Tagine in 'Pearlescent Green'
  • Beka Cookware – Beka Tagine.
  • Etnico Arredo – Moroccan Clay Tagine.

Related Question Answers

Veniamin Fath

Professional

Does a tagine go in the oven or on the hob?

Place in the oven or leave it to cook on the stovetop. Since the tagine creates steam as it cooks, you don't need to add too much liquid to the dish. Serving: The beauty of the tagine is that it's a great serving dish, too. Just remember the base is hot so protect your table.

Constança Lasfar

Professional

What is the benefit of cooking in a tagine?

Tagine dishes are not fried and use minimal oils and fats for a healthier dinner option. 3. Meals cooked in a tagine offer a unique earthy flavor that doesn't hold true for meals cooked in a regular pot or pan. Its rich aroma brings a freshness to the dish, which offers an exotic take on your meals.

Yadhira Arcediano

Professional

How do you use a tagine for the first time?

Place the tagine or other clay cookware in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 300 F/150 C, and set the timer for two hours. After two hours, turn off the oven, and leave the tagine to cool completely in the oven. Wash the cooled tagine by hand, and coat the interior with olive oil before storing or using.

Chafia Kroppen

Explainer

What is in a tagine?

A tagine is a cone-shaped cooking vessel traditionally used in Morocco; it is made of either ceramic or unglazed clay. Most tagine recipes (which are referred to as tagines) layer aromatics, meat, and vegetables, along with spices, oil, and water.

Suleima Doetsch

Pundit

Can you use a Dutch oven instead of a tagine?

Tagine or Dutch oven A tagine is the traditional clay cooking vessel for the dish; it has a base that is wider than its tall, cone-shape top. But you don't need a tagine to make this recipe. Use a Dutch oven or another lidded pot instead, as long as the lid fits tightly.

Iragartze Guerediaga

Pundit

Is a tagine necessary?

No, most restaurants use pots and just plop them in the tagine for show. As the recent purchaser of a new unglazed cooking tagine, I can tell you that you certainly don't need a tagine to make tagine. I had been making it in a dutch oven or casserole for years.

Xiaoxiong Krebsbach

Pundit

What is the purpose of a tagine?

A tagine is a conical earthenware pot and the dish prepared in the tagine pot shares the same name as it's cooking vessel. So tagine is a dish and also a cooking pot. Historically, the nomads in North Africa used the tagine pot as a “portable oven”, allowing them to prepare food at anytime while moving around.

Magalie Ipiña

Pundit

How much is a tagine?

A basic unglazed small tagine should be around 60dh but you might struggle to get down to that price in the middle of Marrakech.

Selmira Crane

Pundit

What does tagine taste like?

Taste Morocco with a Tagine. One of the most unique earthenware pots hails from Morocco. The tagine pot produces its namesake dish: a slow-cooked stew of vegetables (potato, carrots, peas), meat (usually lamb, chicken or fish) and a variety of regional herbs and spices like cinnamon, ginger, cumin and paprika.

Liuva Yamlihanov

Teacher

What do you eat with a tagine?

A simple mixed salad would be my choice, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, maybe some olives. Apart from couscous you could also serve bread. Bitter or peppery greens (chicory, arugula, watercress) are good with citrus and olives. Maybe a chopped onion or chives too.

Wiame Massanes

Teacher

How do you thicken a tagine?

If the sauce is watery or thin by the time the meat and vegetables are fork-tender, remove the lid and simmer until it thickens a bit. If it's too thick, stir in more water.

Tessie Haliulin

Teacher

Why is a tagine shaped the way it is?

The tagine's conical shape makes a uniquely moist, hot cooking environment for the dish being cooked. The base is wide and shallow, and the tall lid fits snugly inside. As the food cooks, steam rises into the cone, condenses, and then trickles down the sides back into the dish.