Vegetable Tagine

I love to experiment with different flavors, ethnic cuisines & foods from all over the world. After hearing Cat Cora talk about a tagine being one of her fav dishes, I had to see what all the hoopla was about. I researched online & found a lot of tagine recipes, then took the general principles and adapted the recipes to my own taste and food preferences. I made it first with beef, as I had friends coming for dinner who think that it isn't a meal if there isn't meat! The second time, I went vege. Guess what? I preferred the vege version! Seriously yummy - the heat, sweet, spices & acid all combine together to make a wonderful dish that has a just a bit of heat (you can add more if you like). You could eat the whole pot and still not go over dieting limits, as it is wholly plant based & includes whole grains & legumes. Super good & reallllly super good for you. High in anti-oxidants and fiber!

Yield: 6-8
Collections: African Moroccan Vegetarian

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Vegetable Tagine Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (EVOO or vegetable)
  • 1 ½ medium onion, rough chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • Fresh chilies to taste (scotch bonnet w/ a hole in it, or use milder chili like jalapeno, seeded & minced)
  • 1 medium bell pepper (color of your choice rough chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 cup rough chopped carrot
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 ~14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 ~14oz can chickpeas
  • ½ can tomato paste
  • 1 ½ Tb vegetable bouillon paste
  • ¼ cup dried parsley
  • ¾ cup dried lentils
  • 4 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 eight ounce package small mushrooms
  • 1 small eggplant, chopped (skin & all) into ~ 1 ½” cubes
  • 1 small butternut or acorn squash, peeled & cubed into 1 1/2” cubes
  • 1 med sweet potato, peeled & cut into 1” cubes
  • ¾ cup raisins or chopped dried fruit
  • 1 lemon, juiced with finely grated zest
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Ras el Hanout
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Cooked barley, couscous, brown rice or other whole grain to serve the tagine over
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Preparation Instructions

Heat oil in the bottom of a large Dutch oven, tagine clay pot (or slow cooker). Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, celery, chili (if using) & carrot and cook in the oil until beginning to get translucent & most of the water has cooked off. Add the spices, which have been premixed in a small bowl & stir. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chickpeas, vege broth, bouillon paste, wine & lentils (if using). Wash & cut the leaves off the cilantro, chop & reserve to top the tagine with prior to serving. Rough chop the stems of the cilantro & add to stew. Allow to cook 15-20 minutes while you prep the rest of the veges. Add ‘shrooms, eggplant, squash, sweet potato, dried fruit, honey, lemon zest & lemon juice. Add pepper (I used about a Tb of the Tellicherry regular grind). Cover & cook on low simmer for ~ 30-45” until veges are tender. Taste & adjust seasonings if necessary – add salt and if needed for heat, chipotle powder or cayenne. Serve over whole grain or couscous with side of flatbread, toasted in oven with a little EVOO. A handful of toasted slivered almonds on top give a nice crunch & a Tb or so of chopped fresh cilantro gives it a wonderful freshness. Freezes well & keeps well in fridge for at least a week. A bit of chopping’s involved, but it makes a boatload – make it, freeze in individual containers already over the grain & you have an instant, homemade quick frozen meal!

Yield: 6-8
Helpful Hints

A tagine pot is a wide, shallow clay pot with a domed top that is used to cook a traditional tagine low & slow. I did mine in my Dutch oven. It came out great. You can change up any of the veges in this to suit your preference. Don’t have something? Leave it out. Like something better? Add it in. The possibilities are endless………….

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