Veggie Tagine

Sunshine Peppers!

If you love hot food, this is a fabulous alternative to an Indian curry with very different flavours.  I tend to use ratatouille veg (peppers, courgettes, tomatoes, garlic, onions and aubergine) but you could use just about anything.

If you are going to be making it for a group of people some of whom might not be keen on hot food you can make up a bowl of harissa paste mixed with chopped tomatoes and put less harissa in the actual tagine.

What do you need:

A good mix of veg, say:

  • 2 courgettes
  • a pepper
  • a large onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (or as much as you like)
  • one large aubergine (I like to slice this up and salt it to extract any bitter juices – you can then rinse and squeeze it hard so that it doesn’t need so much olive oil to cook)
  • a can of chick peas
  • you can also add beans, carrots, corn, potato, sweet potato – whatever you want

For the sauce:

  • two tins of chopped tomatoes
  • large teaspoon of cinnamon
  • teaspoon of cumin
  • teaspoon (at least) of harissa paste (you can usually get it in supermarkets though the staff often don’t know where it is or what you’re talking about – it comes in a tube or a small glass jar usually)
  • two small preserved lemons – cut up small (skin and all) with the pips taken out (this is my personal touch and I love it, but you can leave them out if you wish or if you can’t find them – I think they add a great fresh note)(you can make your own very easily here is a link)
  • about 10 dried apricots (soaked for a couple of hours)
  • lots of olive oil
  • Couscous or rice to serve

What do you do?

  • Chop the onions small and sweat them in a big saucepan with the oil.  After a bit, add the peppers, courgettes and aubergine.  Allow the aubergine to soak up some of the oil.
  • Then add the cumin and cinnamon – fry off for a minute (this brings out the flavours of the spices)
  • Add everything else and let it simmer for at least 40 mins.
  • Serve it up with steamed couscous.

Yum.  Enjoy.  Fiona

PS If you like this you might like to also check out this.

Photos were taken in the Green Valley Grocers – our village co-operative.

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