The Best Vegetarian Tagine

A delicious flavourful and warming Moroccan inspired Vegetarian main dish which is easy to prepare but bursting full of flavour and nutritious vegetables which is perfect to serve the whole family for a weeknight meal.

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This is my favourite dish when I’m feeling like I need something warm and hearty on a cold winters day. Its completely versatile, simple and easy to make. The flavours are amazing and you can switch up the ingredients depending on what’s in season or what’s in your fridge.

I often see this on menu’s in restaurants as the Vegetarian/Vegan option and I’ll be honest, I never have it because I know I can make a similar and really good version myself at home. I love a good stew/tagine but to me its hearty warming food that I like to have at home when I really fancy it and when I do, its so good!

You could have this with a mixture of your favourite vegetables and I would suggest butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, parsnip and courgette, which all work perfectly with an optional addition of meat-free chicken, Seitan or Steak. The sweet tones of the dried fruits run through this dish perfectly too with a choice of prunes, dates, figs, cranberries, apricots or raisins, with my favourite go-to being juicy apricots!

The majority of the time I like to just have this with a variety of vegetables and leave out the protein as this fills me up nicely without the need for anything extra. My favourite combination for this dish is a simple combination of root vegetables including carrots, parsnips and sweet potato, alongside courgette and dried apricots. Its just so yummy, and always makes me hungry when I think about it!

Vegetarian tagine is best served traditionally with a spicy harissa cous cous which accompanies perfectly as with many Moroccan dishes. This is also a great dish to make up for the whole family as you cook it up all in one large pan or you can portion it out for quick meals during the week. If you’re like me and like to keep a stash in the freezer for quick meals then it’s also perfectly fine to do that and then serve with fresh cous cous when you’re ready to tuck in.

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The Best (Simple) Vegetarian Tagine
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Cuisine: Mains, Moroccan
Serves: 4
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cm piece ginger minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 400g vegetables and/or protein
  • Spices: 1 tsp each of cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ground ginger, and harissa paste or ras-el-hanout
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • 400g tomato passata or canned tomatoes
  • 25g dried fruit
  • *Optional extras to finish: mint/coriander leaves, whole almonds, green olives
  • Harissa Cous cous to serve
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté the onions until soft and translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic for a few minutes.
  3. Then add the spices to coat the onion mixture, then add your vegetables and protein, stir to coat in the spices.
  4. Add the honey, passata/tomatoes and the dried fruit. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until your vegetables and protein are tender to cut.
  5. Stir through the canned chickpeas and cook for a couple of minutes until hot.
  6. Serve with harissa cous cous, mint/coriander leaves, whole almonds and green olives.

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