Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Moroccan Tagine

I have a lovely book by Jane Noraika (head chef at the London restaurant, Food For Friends) called Vegetarian Food for Friends. It is not often I find a veggie book that has recipes that will satisfy me. Meat is so filling and a plate full of vegetables just isn't enough; I need something more substantial. Anyway, her book is full of lovely ideas that are just that: filling and hearty. Also, her puddings look delicious.
So, last night I cooked her Moroccan Tagine, and here is my version of her recipe.

Moroccan Tagine (Serves 4)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 red chilli, de-seeded and chopped
400g can of tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
75g black olives
1 potato, cut into wedges
250g carrots, thickly sliced
500g chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked for 1.5 hours, or a can
3 tbs runny honey
handful of chopped parsely
salt and pepper

4 fl oz couscous (in a measuring jug)
1 tsp stock powder
1.5 tsp salt
knob of butter

Heat the oil and fry the onions until soft. Add the spices and chilli and cook for 2 mins. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato puree, cover and cook for 5 mins. Add the potato, carrots and olives, cover and simmer for 25 mins. Then add the chickpeas. Finally, just before serving, stir in the honey, parsley and seasoning.

Add 4.5 fl oz (easier in oz!) boiling water to the couscous along with the other ingredients. Stir once and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Chill leftovers (what leftovers?!) asap and reheat thoroughly for lunch the next day!

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