Jewelled Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tagine Recipe | Abel & Cole

Jewelled Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tagine

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Serves2 people
Jewelled Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tagine

This gently spiced veggie tagine makes a quick, satisfying supper with bags of flavour from tender sweet potato and golden chickpeas, and tiny bursts of fruity sweetness from crunchy pomegranate jewels. Brightened with a squeeze of lemon and topped off with fresh mint leaves.


  • 1 onion
  • 500g sweet potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 2 tsp ras al hanut
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 400g tinned cherry tomatoes
  • ½ pomegranate
  • A handful of mint, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 400ml warm water

Prep: 20 mins | Cook 25 mins

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1. Peel and finely chop the onion. Set a medium pan over a medium heat for 1 min, then add 1 tbsp oil and the onion. Season with a pinch of salt and fry for 5 mins, stirring now and then, till the onion looks glossy and has picked up a little colour.
2. While the onion cooks, peel and chop the sweet potatoes into chunks around 1cm across. Stir the sweet potatoes into the onions, pop a lid on the pan (or use a baking tray if you don’t have a lid) and continue cooking for 3 mins.
3. Peel and crush or grate the garlic. Quarter the lemon. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold water.
4. Stir the garlic into the veg with 2 tsp ras al hanut, 1 tsp ground cumin and ½ tsp cinnamon. Cook and stir for 1 min.
5. Tip in the chickpeas. Pour in the tin of cherry tomatoes. Fill the tin with warm water (around 400ml) and swirl that into the pan. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the pan to add the juice. Stir everything together, then pop the lid back on the pan and simmer for 15 mins.
6. While the tagine simmers, cut the pomegranate in half. Hold 1 pomegranate half in the palm of your hand, cut-side down, and whack it with a wooden spoon. The seeds should fall through your fingers. Catch them in a bowl. If they don’t fall out, pull the pomegranate half open and pick out the seeds.
7. Pluck the leaves off the mint sprigs and finely slice them. Taste the tagine and add a pinch more salt if you think it needs it. The sweet potatoes should be tender.
8. Spoon the tagine into a couple of warm bowls. Top with the pomegranate seeds and sliced mint leaves and serve.
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