Foodie Friday: The countdown to Christmas is on. Bring a touch of the festive season to your dinner plate with this delicious and vibrant beef tagine. The bright green of the kale and coriander combine beautifully with the red pomegranate seeds in a respectful nod to the traditional colours of Christmas.


Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Serves: 6




  • 800g beef oyster blade, 3cm diced and trimmed
  • 1 tbsp baharat spice mix
  • 200g baby grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 12 prunes, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 300g butternut pumpkin, peeled, 3cm dice
  • 4 cups green curly kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon, + wedges, to serve
  • 1 ½ cups wholemeal cous cous
  • ¼ cup pistachios, toasted, roughly chopped


To serve

  • Greek yoghurt
  • Coriander leaves



  1. Place beef, spice, tomatoes, chickpeas, prunes and onion in a large cast iron casserole or saucepan with heavy base. Cut pomegranate in half and tap seeds into a bowl. Reserve half of the seeds for serving and squeeze remaining seeds into the bowl to collect the juice. Pour juice through a sieve into the casserole discarding the squeezed seeds.
  2. Add 250ml water and bring to a boil. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring once to ensure it is not sticking. Add pumpkin and cook for 15-20 minutes or until pumpkin is just tender. Simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes if sauce needs thickening. Add kale and stir through. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and check seasoning.
  3. Cook cous cous according to packet directions.
  4. Place tagine mixture in serving dish and scatter with chopped pistachios and pomegranate seeds, dollops of yoghurt, coriander and lemon wedges. Serve with cous cous.



  1. Trim any large pieces of fat or sinew off before cooking
  2. You can make this with chuck steak, but will need to cook it for longer until it’s tender before adding the pumpkin, about 1hr 30 minutes.