You may already know that we are a little obsessed with this recipe. In fact it was the first meal we cooked when we had decided to give veganism a go, and it was so good that we didn’t think we would ever be tempted to eat meat again! These days we are ‘chegan’s’; a name I heard somewhere that means vegans who cheat. Everything I cook at home is vegan, but if we are invited to a social event, we would rather just join in and eat what everyone else is eating to make life easier and ensure our social life doesn’t die out. I have also found it really difficult eating in restaurants, as a lot of the vegetarian options still contain cheese, so I often just opt for something with meat in order to avoid dairy. It is early days, but I think overall we are doing pretty well.
Anyway, back to the tagine. This recipe has been adapted ever so slightly from one in our ‘Crazy Sexy Kitchen’ recipe book by Kris Carr. It is really delicious and healthy, and although it seems like a lot of ingredients, I now kow the recipe off by heart and it is easy. Try not to skip any of the flavour-y (it’s a word) ingredients as the overall taste is amazing! I once ran out of cumin seeds and discovered that these are an essential part of the dish!
You can, however, use any root veggies you like. For some reason I am always drawn to orange veg for this dish! I make my own tomato paste for this recipe, so I will start with that.
8 sun dried tomatoes
1 large tomato
1/4 red pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper
Blitz and set aside.
1 tbsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. ground coriander
3 tbsps. olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
Your pre-made tomato paste
1 pint (ish) vegetable bouillon
3 large carrots peeled and diced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 butternut squash
1/4 jar pitted and chopped green olives
400g carton of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 jar artichokes (optional but tasty)
Zest of 1 lemon
Large handful raisins
3 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus some to serve
3 tablespoons chopped coriander, plus some to serve
(The original recipe also had mint, but we don’t usually buy this so I leave it out)
1. Toast cumin seeds and coriander in a pan until aromatic. Once toasted, add to your tomato paste and mix in.
2. In a large heavy-bottom shallow pot or deep skillet (cast iron works best) on medium heat, add oil, onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and golden, stirring continuously for about 4 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the tomato paste and all of your root veggies (not the chickpeas), coating them in the paste.
4. Add the vegetable bouillon, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.
5. Add the olives, chickpeas, artichokes, lemon zest and raisins. Continue simmering for about 5 minutes.
6. Add parsley and coriander and season with salt and pepper if desired.
7. Garnish with sliced red chili and fresh herbs if desired.
I have just eaten a huge bowl of this! It is also one of the only meals that keeps Poppy’s attention for longer than 5 minutes. She picks out the chickpeas and eats them one by one! And today she had a go at the carrot and sweet potato too!