- Entree -
Tajine Kefta Maticha
(By Lina Laraki - LL.M at NYU School of Law)

Ingredients (prepare for 3 people)

  • half a kilogram chopped meat (preferably lamb, but beef will also do)
  • 6 medium-sized tomatoes (or a large can of crushed tomatoes - avoid tomato puree as it will spatter)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground paprika
  • pepper
  • Garlic (2 to 3 cloves)
  • Olive oil
  • Red ground chili pepper
  • 3 eggs


Mix raw meat with cumin (2 spoons), salt, ginger (1 pinch), paprika (1 spoon) and finely chopped cilantro and form small meatballs. If necessary, wet hands with water. Heat 2 spoons of olive oil in a saucepan. Add meat and roast it lightly. Add tomatoes, crushed garlic, one pinch cumin, salt, and red pepper. Cook on light heat until sauce reduces and becomes thick. Stir occasionnaly with a wooden spoon so that it does not stick to the saucepan. A few minutes before serving, break eggs on top and let them cook in the sauce, without stirring.

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