This has been one of my favourite recipes to make recently. Tagines are named after the earthenware pot they are traditionally cooked in. They are known for their sweet and sour balance of flavours, and use of fragrant spices. I love all the traditional spices it includes, especially the flavour of cumin. This Tagine isn’t spicy, it just has a little bit of curry powder and chilli to add flavour, not heat. Instead of chickpeas, feel free to use chicken or lamb if you prefer.
Yes, it requires a lot of ingredients, but you probably have most of them in your cupboard anyway. The Tagine freezes well, but don’t freeze the couscous. I like to serve with pitta bread; I use it to mop up the sauce!
This recipe serves 2, but can easily be doubled to serve 4.
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 small carrot, finely diced
- 1 red pepper, cut into 2 cm pieces
- ½ bunch of fresh coriander, chopped (my supermarket was sold out, though!)
- 70g tomato puree
- ½ 400g tin of chickpeas- rinsed and drained
- 4 tbsp coconut cream
- 5 dried apricots, roughly chopped
- a small handful of sultanas
- 2 tbsp mango chutney
- 1 heaped tsp cumin
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp mild curry powder
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp mild chilli powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 100g couscous
- 2 pitta bread to serve
- Heat up a medium-sized saucepan, and add a little bit of oil
- Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for one minute. Add the spices and sauté for further minute (be careful not to burn it)
- Add the carrot and pepper and stir well for one minute
- Add 200ml of boiling water along with the coconut cream, tomato puree and mango chutney- stir well
- Stir in the apricots and sultanas
- Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chopped coriander
- Meanwhile, put the couscous into a bowl, and add 230ml of boiling water- stir, then cover with clingfilm and leave to stand for 5 minutes
- That’s it- serve and enjoy. Don’t forget your pitta bread!