Sunday, June 27, 2010

Today's recipe from National Radio Nine to Noon

Pumpkin, chickpea and fig tagine

Serves 4 - 6
2 small onions, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon Moroccan seasoning
1 cinnamon stick
900g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into 3cm chunks
2 carrots, diced
2 courgettes, halved and thickly sliced (or use other green veg such as broccoli)
1 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed
8 dried figs, chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 cups couscous
optional to serve: harissa (Morrocan chilli paste)


Step 1 Place onions, garlic, Moroccan seasoning and cinnamon stick into a large saucepan with a little olive oil. Cook until onions are soft.

Step 2 Add pumpkin, carrots, courgette, chickpeas, figs and stock to saucepan. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid, take out cinnamon stick and stir in tomato paste and a little harissa, if desired. Simmer for 10 minutes more, uncovered. Turn off heat and add herbs.

Step 3 Meanwhile, place couscous into a large bowl with 2 cups boiling water or salt-reduced vege stock. Cover and stand for 10 minutes. Serve tagine with couscous and garnish with parsley and lemon zest, if desired.

 Variations and tips:

 ·         For a lovely caramelized, roasted flavour, roast the pumpkin in a hot oven while the other veges are cooking, and add at the end of cooking time.

·         Meat eaters may like to add chicken thighs to this dish in place of some of the pumpkin. Add at the beginning of cooking, after the onions, and brown before adding liquid.

·         This recipe is suitable for vegans. Use quinoa instead of couscous to get more complete protein.

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