Moroccan Kadra with courgette and thyme

We’re still on the Kadra way of cooking and today is a rather light tagine which is appreciated during summer days but it can also be prepared all year around. Today is about a Moroccan stew of courgette and thyme. We usually cook this recipe in a cooking pot but you can cook it in a tagine.

Courgettes and lamb tagine can be cooked Mqalli style by adding a hint of garlic in the sauce and a small bouquet of coriander when cooking the meat (use the same recipe below plus these two ingredients).

Lamb and courgettes with fresh and dried thyme

The use of thyme here goes very well will courgette which don’t need to be peeled. Globe courgettes are the best thing to go for here but if they’re not in season, any green courgette will do the job. We use wild dried thyme for this recipe.

Chicken and courgette with dried thyme

You can perfectly make a vegetarian kadra of courgette and thyme by omitting any form of meat.

Serves 4 persons
Prep: 10 min – Cooking : 90- 120 min

  • 600g meat on the bone (lamb/veal cut into chuncks and trimmed of fat or chicken or rabbit)
  • 0.8 – 1 kg of courgettes 
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • 3 tbps of oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp of dried thyme


In a hot pan or a tagine, add oil, meat, salt, turmeric and ginger. Stir.

Fry or slightly sear the meat for a few minutes (do no brown it), then add grated onion and saffron. Add enough water to cover the meat and cover the pot or the tagine.

Wash courgettes and cut into quarters (for globe courgettes) or halve them (for tall courgettes). Once the meat is tender and well cooked, add the courgettes along with thyme. Cover the pot and cook for another 20 min until the courgettes are cooked through.

Reduce the sauce (marka) and serve hot with a good bread.

Author: Nada

Nada Kiffa is an Expert in Moroccan cooking and her recipes are coming from a lineage of Moroccan home and professional cooks. Cooking classes and posted articles are inspired by her family life in Morocco and elsewhere. You will learn what makes a dish Moroccan before learning how to execute it. You will also learn how to work around recipes and cut corners without missing on the flavour.

Leave a Reply