Vegetable Tajine is a tasty vegetarian curry from Morocco. Like all good curries, once you know the technique of making them, the rest is easy.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 50-60 minutes
6 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced into 6 or more lengthwise
400g pumpkin, deseeded, peeled and cut into at least 6 thin wedges
6 medium tomatoes, sliced into 4-6 wedges
6 small turnips, peeled and quartered
zest of 1/4 of a lemon
3 tbsp finely chopped coriander
pinch saffron strands
pinch maldon salt
1 chilli, finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick
1 aubergine (eggplant) sliced into 6 or more wedges length wise
1 large courgette, sliced into 6 lenghtwise
400-500g cabbage, sliced into 6 wedges (attached at the base so that they remain in one piece when cooked)
40g dried apricots
40g blanched almonds, toasted
cooked couscous (see below)
Vegetables: Place the oil in a casserole pan or very large pan or saucepan and place it over a moderate heat. When the oil is hot add the onion to the pan and sweat it for 2-3 minutes until soft and transparent. Stir in the garlic, ginger, ground coriander, cumin and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, carrot, pumpkin tomatoes, and turnips to the pan and scatter over the lemon zest, coriander, saffron, salt and chilli. Pour in just enough water or vegetable stock to cover the vegetables add the cinnamon stick and leave the tajine to simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes add the aubergine, courgettes, cabbage and apricots to the pan and leave the tajine to simmer gently for a further 20-30 minutes so that all the ingredients are tender. Remove the cinnamon stick and serve
To Serve: Distribute the couscous among the 6 plates and evenly distribute the vegetables in the centre of each plate. Scatter over the almonds and serve.
Couscous: Place 500g of couscous in a large bowl with 40g butter. Pour 750ml of boiling vegetable stock or water over the couscous. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave the couscous to absorb the liquid for 5-10 minutes. The couscous should be tender. If it is still firm add a little more boiling stock or water. Fluff the couscous up with a fork and serve.