Lham Lahlou ~ Algerian Sweet Meat Tagine

A sweet tagine of meat and dried fruits, flavoured with cinnamon and orange blossom.

Lham Lahlou often spelled Lahm Lahlou, means sweet meat.


Ramadan Mubarak to my fellow Muslims.

Yup its’ been a while since I’ve posted. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been working on creating recipes to post during Ramadan. In reality I’ve simply been wallowing in my own self-pity for the fact my husband didn’t fly home (after 13 months away) as planned at the end of March. If you didn’t guess already, due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Qadr Allah wa ma’shaa afal.

Now, back to the food…


In Algeria, Lham Lahlou is a regular Iftar “break-fast” dish during Ramadan. Typically eaten in small portions towards the end of the meal. My sweet tooth won’t allow that and so I often start my meal eating it.

The signature flavours of cinnamon and orange blossom make this tagine wonderfully aromatic.


Dried Fruit in Lham Lahlou

Although I’ve leaned towards slightly more raisins than apricots and prunes. you can change the ratios to your liking. For example you don’t like prunes, then increase the apricots/raisins.


Variations of Sweet Tagine

There are various recipes for Algerian sweet Tajine, often without meat and sometimes with poached fruit such as Quince. Last year I remember my in-laws added sliced fresh banana when serving their no-meat sweet Tajine.

For some textural difference and added nutrition, the dish can be garnished with a few toasted almonds.

Here’s a photo to give you some idea of what we serve along with the sweet meat tagine.




Lham Lahlou ~ Algerian Sweet Meat Tagine
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