Recipe of the Week – 16th September 2013 – Aubergine and Chickpea Tagine

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I love cooking Moroccan food as I find that it’s a great way to experiment with lots of different spice and flavour combinations and nearly always produces something satisfying. Now that I think Autumn is nearly upon us, I have started trying different things to keep the chill out in the evenings. I have previously tried this tagine with butternut squash, but I forgot to buy one, so this is the result! This is definitely one I will be putting on my specials board when I open my cafe next month…

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

2 medium onions, roughly chopped
3 sticks of celery, trimmed and finely diced
2 tbs olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 large fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tbs tomato purée
1 large aubergine, diced
4 large runner beans, sliced
2 red peppers, deseeded and diced
100ml vegetable stock from bouillon
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tbs each fresh parsley, basil and coriander chopped

Method

1. Warm the olive oil gently in a large saucepan. Add the onions, celery and garlic and sauté gently for 5 minutes until soft. Add the ground spices, tomatoes, peppers, runner beans and aubergine and cook for a further 5 minutes.

2. Add the stock and tomato puree, mix well and simmer for 40 minutes.

3. Add the chickpeas and cook for a further 5 minutes.

4. Add the fresh herbs and serve with lemon couscous and fresh crusty bread.

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