Friday, December 26, 2014

Tunisian vegetable and chickpea tajine recipe

Tunisian vegetable and chickpea tajine recipe

This stunning recipe – full of spice, hearty vegetables and earthy chickpeas – is bound to blow away any winter blues.

Serves 6
Preparation 15min
Cooking 1hr 35min
Skill level Easy

By
Allan Campion & Michele Curtis

Ingredients

100 g (½ cup) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water
olive oil
1 onion, diced
1½ tsp sweet paprika
1½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground white pepper
2 carrots, cut into 3 cm chunks
8 small potatoes, peeled and cut in half
2 parsnips, cut into quarters
1 sweet potato, cut into 3 cm chunks
2 tbsp lemon juice
500 ml (2 cups) vegetable stock
250 ml (1 cup) tomato sugo
salt
2 zucchini, cut into quarters
100 g baby spinach leaves
½ cup coriander leaves

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Soaking time overnight

Put soaked chickpeas in a medium-sized saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Reduce heat and cook until soft, about 30–40 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Heat a large ovenproof casserole or saucepan over a medium–high heat. Add oil and onion and cook for 5–6 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Add spices, carrots, potatoes, parsnips and sweet potato. Cook for a further 3–4 minutes, stirring often. Add lemon juice, stock, tomato sugo and season with salt. Bring to the boil.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Cover the tagine with a lid and cook in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Check to see whether the vegetables are tender. Add zucchini and cooked chickpeas and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add spinach leaves and stir through until they wilt. Check seasoning.

Sprinkle with coriander leaves to serve.

Recipe from In the Kitchen by Campion and Curtis, with photographs by Steve Brown, Lisa Cohen, Greg Elms and Matt Harvey. Published by Hardie Grant Books.


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