Vegetable Tagine….

So Meat Free Monday was a huge success in our house yesterday, following on the beetroot gazpacho for lunch we had a lovely vegetable tagine for dinner!

Tagines are really easy to throw together and if you don’t have a tagine, just use a saucepan with a tight fitting lid! You could serve this with couscous or rice but we had it with some lovely fresh Moroccan khobz, or round flat breads which are the perfect way to mop up all the aromatic juices!

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You could really use any vegetables you have available. Turnips, pumpkins, aubergines, would all go perfectly and you can also add chickpeas, raisins and pretty much anything else you wish.

Vegetable Tagine

1 large red onion, sliced vertically

2 large potatoes, slices into wedges

1 fennel bulb, sliced

3 carrots sliced 2 chopped and 1 sliced lengthways

3 courgettes, sliced lengthways

2 green peppers, chopped

1 small bunch young celery, with leaves, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, 1 chopped and 1 in thick slices

¼ cup chopped parsley

½ cup pitted, green olives

4 Tbs olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp each, ground ginger, cumin, turmeric

½ tsp each, white pepper, coriander

A pinch of saffron

750 ml vegetable stock

Salt and pepper

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Mix the onion, fennel, celery, parsley, peppers, half the carrots, the oil and all the spices together in the tagine base.

Mix together and fry over medium heat until the onions start softening.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another few minutes.

Place the remaining vegetables in a layer on top of this mixture with the tomato in the centre, pour over enough of the stock to cover the bottom layer and bring to the boil.

Scatter the olives over the top, close the lid, reduce the heat and cook for about 35-40 minutes until the vegetables are cooked.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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This was enough for 1 adult and three kids, with no leftovers!

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2 Responses to “Vegetable Tagine….”

  1. on 20 Oct 2009 at 1:12 pm Living in Morocco

    This looks fantastic and I’m adding it to my recipe collection. One question…we bought a tagine similar to the one you picture here but were told that it was only for decoration not cooking, so we returned it for a plainer one, was I misled?

  2. on 20 Oct 2009 at 2:02 pm Admin

    This is the first time I cooked in this one (it kind of came with the apartment we rent) and was a bit sceptical as I was told the same thing when I bought my own tagine. It has got a very sturdy base though, almost identical to my plain one that is for cooking that I have at home. It worked perfectly and is still in one piece!!

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