Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

Pippa Kendrick

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

What could be more sumptuous on a wintry day than to slowly cook this fragrant and rich Moroccan Vegetable Tagine?

Packed full of vegetables and sweetened with spice and agave syrup, it’s a delicious winter warmer.

The combination of spices in this vegan tagine is really a guideline, so feel free to add or subtract as you wish. If you don’t like a certain spice, just leave it out.

You can also ring the changes with the vegetables used: parsnips, sweet potato and courgettes would all work. This is really about the beautiful fragrance and taste of the dish: serve it with a big bowl of brown rice and some steamed broccoli, it’s sure to warm you up!

Servings: Makes 4-6

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 2-3 hours

Allergen information:

Gluten free, soy free, nut free, yeast free.

Ingredients

For the spices:

  1. ½ tsp coriander seeds
  2. ½ tsp ginger
  3. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  4. ½ tsp allspice berries
  5. 1 cardamom
  6. ½ tsp ground mace
  7. ½ tsp turmeric
  8. ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  9. ½ tsp chilli flakes
  10. ½ tsp sea salt flakes
  11. ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  12. 2 tbsp olive oil
  13. 1 tbsp agave syrup
  14. 2 large red onions
  15. 2 cloves of garlic
  16. 1 large butternut squash
  17. 1 fennel bulb
  18. 1 large aubergine
  19. 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  20. 1 tbsp tomato puree

Method

Place the cardamom, coriander seeds and allspice berries in a dry frying pan and heat over a medium flame until you can smell their fragrant scent – about 1 minute but keep an eye on them.  Transfer to a pestle and mortar and grind to a fine powder.

Next, combine all of the spices together in a small bowl.  Pour over 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and all of the agave syrup.  Stir together until combined.

Preheat the oven to 120c.  Peel the onion and cut into half moon slices, slice the garlic into thin rounds.  Next, peel and deseed the squash.  Chop the squash, fennel and aubergine into large chunks approximately 4 cm in size.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a large heavy based casserole.  Gently fry the onion and garlic until softened.

Add the squash and fry with the onion until the squash begins to give at the edges.

Add the fennel and aubergine to the pan and stir together.  Pour over the spice mixture and stir in until evenly mixed, frying for a further minute.

Pour over the tomatoes and puree, bring to a rolling simmer and then cover and transfer to the oven to cook slowly for 2 – 3 hours.

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