What is Tagine?



Marrakech, Morocco

Chicken Tagine


Tagine is both the name of a dish and the name of the special clay pot that resembles a hat. Moroccans use it for almost all their main dishes. 

This earthenware pot cooks food slowly and keeps meats and vegetables very moist to produce a kind of stew. The triangle shape is celebrated by Moroccans because it is reminds them of their beloved  Atlas mountains. The hole at the top lets just enough steam to escape and evaporate some juices, but still maintain a right amount of liquid at the bottom to keep all the food moist. 
When the server is ready to present the tagine, the top is uncovered with gusto because a cloud of vapor releases and reveals the beautifully arranged meats and vegetables. 

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