Top 10 Best Terracotta Tagine 2020

Difficult to make a choice for your new Terracotta Tajine? We have written this special Tajine En Terre Cuite buying guide to help you, with the TOP10 best sellers of the moment, tests, opinions... As in all our shopping guideswe have done our utmost to help you choose the best Terracotta Tajine !

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Terracotta tagine buying guide

The market offers a wide choice of models of terracotta tagine, the kitchen utensil of choice for fans of Moroccan cuisine. We have compiled a comprehensive buying guide, after tests and comparisons through major brands such as Tefal. See also our Top 10 of the best tagine dishes in 2018.

 

Buying guide: how to choose the best terracotta tagine?

Our tests on various models of tagine dishes have enabled us to draw up this buying guide.

Moroccan tagine

The best terracotta tagine is simply among those made by Moroccan craftsmen. By opting for the copies that flood the market, you risk not enjoying the authentic tastes of your tagine recipe. These oriental flavors that will forever leave their mark on your palate are mostly talked about. They are almost inaccessible with a simple paella pan, a wok, a saucepan, or even a couscous maker.

Electric tagine

The terracotta tagine is also available in an electric version. Play on the thermostat to adjust the heat according to the needs of the simmered dish. This kitchen utensil allows you to cook a variety of foods, including tagine, couscous, or a stew.

Decorative tagine

Note that the market also offers terracotta tagines, which are mainly used for decoration. Most of the time, these bowls are varnished and decorated with various illustrations. On their lid, there are a number of holes for candles. Our test allowed us to establish that the varnishes used on this type of tagine are not suitable for consumption. A dish simmered with this container can even have a very dissuasive aftertaste.

Choosing the best terracotta tagine

We have carried out a whole series of tests and comparisons to help you find the best terracotta tagine, which has enabled us to distinguish the selection criteria to be taken into account.

The thickness of the tagine dish

To adapt your terracotta tagine to all types of cooking appliances, make sure it is of a good thickness, which means that it can be placed in the oven (with a low heat source), on gas (with a heat diffuser), or on electric hobs (with an induction relay disc).

Hole on the lid

When shopping for a terracotta tagine dish, choose between models with a hole in the lid and those with a classic lid. If you use spices, choose the latter to better preserve the scent. The flavour of your meat and vegetables will only be better. To your recipe book!

Arabic or Berber lid

You will also have to choose between two models of tagine dishes. On the one hand, there is the Arab tagine dish with a conical lid. On the other hand, there is the Berber tagine dish which allows you to simmer a whole batch of tagine recipes.

What about glazed tagine dishes?

Recently, ranges of glazed terracotta tagine dishes have appeared on the market. A coating that ensures you a disconcerting ease of cleaning. It also reinforces the impermeability of the terracotta, which saves you the tedious task of soaking your tagine dish in water before first use. In addition, the models from major brands such as Tefal are coated with varnishes guaranteed lead-free. Dishes simmered with these containers present no health risk.

What type of cooking equipment for a clay tagine?

The terracotta tagine has the practical aspect of being compatible with all fires including induction. Here are the results of our tests and comparisons.

Gas

A terracotta tagine can be used on gas, as long as a heat diffuser is used. Terracotta ensures above all a homogeneous diffusion of heat, which is favourable for stewing or baking. You can also do without a pressure cooker for pre-cooking.
A must for fans of Moroccan cuisine, the tagine dish allows you to simmer your favourite menus like pros, whether it is a chicken tagine, fish tagine, kefta tagine, a confit, or even a lamb tagine. To avoid the taste of terracotta, put spices in your preparations.

The oven

This terracotta dish is also recommended for baking or stewing. In another era, women actually used it on a brazier (kanoun) to make stews. This traditional oven has a hearth that receives the embers of burning charcoal, for cooking in the oven on low heat for about 90 minutes. The embers actually deliver a low and regular temperature, which is essential to the taste and texture of the tagine or other dishes simmered with the dish.
The enamelled terracotta tagine models can also be used as an oven dish. Thanks to this well-processed raw material, you can give the best of flavours to your potato gratins. During a meal, you will plunge into a real culinary journey to the depths of the Orient.

The electric plates

Even better, you can use this oven dish on electric or glass ceramic hobs, but consider using an induction relay disc to maintain the integrity of your clay tagine, as well as that of your hotplate.

Expert recommendation

To be on the safe side, remember to follow the recommendations of pottery specialists. For example, before using for the first time, it is best to soak this terracotta dish and its lid in water for a minimum of 60 minutes. Then wipe it well before coating it abundantly with sunflower oil. The terracotta will absorb the oil, making it even more robust, ensuring worry-free, long-lasting use.

Terracotta tagine vs couscous maker

The couscous maker and the tagine are two typical cooking utensils of the Maghreb countries. To enjoy the authentic tastes and flavors of this dish, choose the second one. Our test has indeed allowed us to verify that the conical shape of the tagine ensures a better conservation of the vapors. Cooking in the oven or stewing will be better.

Terracotta dish vs. Le Creuset Tagine

The Le Creuset brand offers a wide range of top-of-the-range tagine dishes, the benchmark in terms of cooking utensils for stewing, with their ceramic lid and enamelled cast-iron base. The finest connoisseurs equate them with a real cast-iron casserole, in reference to the simplicity of cleaning. An advantage that allows them to play on an equal footing with the terracotta tagine. Nevertheless, the latter is still the best choice for simmering Moroccan cuisine.

 

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Last update: 2020-05-27 02:30:30