Chickpea, Date & Sweet Potato Tagine Recipe | Abel & Cole

Chickpea, Date & Sweet Potato Tagine

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Serves2 people
Vegans

Sweet potatoes love nothing more than cosying up with something even sweeter (don’t we all?), and in this hearty veggie tagine they go in for a cuddle with toffeeish dates, spiced with ras al hanut and brightened with a squeeze or two of citrus.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 250g sweet potato
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g dried dates
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 tsp ras al hanut
  • 80g black olives
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 150g wholewheat couscous
  • A handful of coriander, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 300ml + 300ml boiling water

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 25 mins

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Method

1. Peel and finely chop the onion and sweet potato. Put a medium pan on a medium heat for 1 min, then add 1 tbsp oil, the chopped veg and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently fry, stirring now and then, for 5 mins till the vegetables start to brown and look glossy.
2. While the vegetables fry, peel and crush the garlic. Roughly chop the dates. Finely grate the zest from the lemon and the orange. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them.
3. Stir the garlic, dates and the citrus zest into the pan. Add 1 tsp ras al hanut. Cook and stir for 1 min till the pan smells fragrant.
4. Stir in the chickpeas and olives. Crumble in the stock cube. Squeeze in the juice from half the lemon and half the orange. Pour in 300ml boiling water. Pop on a lid, bring to the boil and then turn the heat down a little. Let the tagine simmer for 15 mins, stirring now and then, till the sweet potatoes are tender and have started to break down.
5. While the tagine simmers, tip the couscous into a heatproof bowl. Pour over 300ml boiling water. Cover the bowl with a plate and set aside to soak. The couscous will suck up all the water, which will ‘cook’ it.
6. Taste the tagine and add a squeeze more lemon or orange juice, or a pinch more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Fluff the couscous up with a fork and divide it between 2 warm plates. Spoon over the tagine and garnish with coriander leaves.
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