Fatima’s Lentils with Spiced Cured Pork Shoulder

Abdel’s (stove care) mom gave me the recipe for her delicious Moroccan lentils.  I didn’t have the ras el hanout spice so I made it from fresh ground spices.  Fantastic!  Did I mention that Emile Henry’s tajines are easy to clean?   He should pay me.

Fatima’s Moroccan Lentils

400 grams of Puy lentils, soaked for 4 hours

4 large garlic cloves

3 shallots, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 tbsp raz el hanout

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

2 tbsp chopped parsley

2 tbsp chopped coriander

2 cups chicken broth

Saute the garlic, shallots and onions in the olive oil until soft, then add the tomatoes.     Add the spices and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.  Add the parsley, coriander and the broth, bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes.

Spiced Pork Shoulder

2 lb smoked and cured pork shoulder

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

8 small carrots, cut into chunks

2 leeks, sliced

20 cl coconut milk

20 cl chicken broth

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

Brown the pork shoulder in the olive oil in a tajine.   Remove the pork shoulder and discard the fat. Add the butter and brown the carrots and leeks for 5 minutes.  Place the pork shoulder on top of the vegetables.  Mix together the coconut milk, broth, honey, cumin, cinnamon and ginger, then pour over the pork shoulder.  Place the tajine top on and cook in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.   Take the top off, baste the shoulder with the pan sauce and continue to cook for 15 minutes.   Serve with lentils.

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12 Responses to Fatima’s Lentils with Spiced Cured Pork Shoulder

  1. Wow that looks delicious. You’re certainl getting good value out of your Tajine. Love pork shoulder it’s such a forgiving cut, and lovely lentils too.

  2. ceciliag says:

    these lentils are well times as Johns vegetarian children are coming to visit this weekend, so if I get those lentils to soaking right now and vege stock, they can have these with their dinner.. and with the fire going I will cook them on the range.. how wonderful to find such a local recipe.. your stove man is quite a treasure.. c

  3. Hmmmm, puy lentils and raz el hanout, sounds ike a perfect combination. I’m off to experiemnt!

  4. That has to be the best looking pork shoulder I’ve seen!

  5. Malli says:

    Looks so delicious!!

  6. Absolutely delicious – we love anything made with pulses, and pork is a staple here. Will dust off my tajine!

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