Vegetable tagine with almond and chickpea couscous – an easy, healthy vegetarian/vegan meal with tonnes of flavour. Post sponsored by Appletiser.
Various types of vegetable soups and stews feature heavily in my kitchen during the winter. This tagine is one of my favourites as it feels more rich and special than a regular stew and has a really wonderful sweet/spicy flavour.
When Appletiser challenged me to come up with a recipe to fit the theme of ‘cosy midweek supper club’, I knew that this vegetable tagine would be perfect. It is warming and hearty – just right for a chilly November, it’s very easy and economical to make so is not too much effort to cook after work, and when served alongside the almond and chickpea couscous it is a very impressive and satisfying meal that would be just as good to serve at a supper club as it would be for a regular weeknight dinner.
The slightly sweet, warmingly spiced flavour pairs perfectly with Appletiser; the tagine contains cinnamon and apricots – both flavours that work perfectly with apple, and because this is a midweek supper club, Appletiser is the perfect choice to serve instead of wine!
Now I can’t claim that this is an authentic tagine recipe, in particular because it isn’t actually cooked in a tagine (because who has room in their kitchen for a tagine pot?!); but it does taste fantastic. The crunch of the toasted almonds in the couscous provides a lovely textural contrast against the soft vegetables, and the dried apricots and dash of honey/agave perfectly balance out the spices.
The only real work that is required is chopping the vegetables, so this is a pretty low-effort meal, and the leftovers keep really well for a a few days. You can also vary the vegetables that you use to suit; just make sure that you keep the pieces fairly chunky when you chop them up so that they don’t lose their shape and fall apart when cooked.
Vegetable Tagine With Almond And Chickpea Couscous.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 red onion peeled and sliced
- 1 medium aubergine (eggplant) diced
- 2 large carrots sliced into rounds
- 1 red bell pepper cut into large dice
- 1 yellow bell pepper cut into large dice
- 1 small butternut squash peeled, de-seeded and cut into large dice
- 1 courgette (zucchini) sliced into rounds
- 5 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 Tbsp tomato purée
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 2 Tbsp harissa paste
- 1 Tbsp honey/agave nectar
- 1 400 g (14oz) tin chopped tomatoes
- 400 ml (1 + 2/3 cup) vegetable stock
- 10 dried apricots halved
- small handful fresh mint finely chopped
- salt and pepper
Almond And Chickpea Couscous:
- 300 g (10.5 oz) dried couscous
- 480 ml (2 cups) hot vegetable stock
- 1 400 g (14 oz) tin chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 2 Tbsp harissa paste
- juice of 1 lemon
- large handful toasted flaked almonds
- salt and pepper
To make the tagine, heat the olive oil in a large, wide pan over a medium heat; add the onion, aubergine, carrots, peppers, butternut squash and courgette. Cook, stirring regularly, for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables have started to soften and are lightly browned.
Add the garlic, tomato purée, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and turmeric and cook for 2 more minutes whilst stirring.
Add the harissa, honey, chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock and apricots. Give it a good stir then put the lid on the pan, turn the heat down to low and leave to cook gently for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until all of the vegetables have softened.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in a handful of chopped mint.
To make the couscous, place the dry couscous in a large bowl; add the vegetable stock, chickpeas and harissa and give it a stir. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave for 15 minutes.
Add the lemon juice to taste, some toasted flaked almonds and salt and pepper to taste.
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