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Vegetable Tagine

Cookery School at Little Portland Street
  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation: 10
  • Cooking: 60
  • Ready: 70

A delicious tagine full of vegetables to warm you up on a cold day.


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chunked
  • 2 small fennel bulbs, chunked
  • 1 lb pumpkin or other squash, chunked
  • 2 large courgettes, chunked
  • ½ lb broad beans
  • 1 large aubergine cubed in large chunks
  • 1 x 15 oz tin chickpeas
  • 1 quince chunked – when in season
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¾ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tablespoon powdered cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon of saffron
  • ½ cup mixed flat leafed parsley and fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 lb tin of chopped tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons of raisins, if desired
  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • harissa, to serve with tagine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water to thin sauce if necessary – usually sufficient from vegetables


Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onions quickly until browned. Then add the garlic and brown that lightly.

Add the aubergine and brown lightly too.

Add the spices, chopped parsley and coriander, tomatoes, tomato puree and all the vegetables except the courgettes. Bring up to the boil and then turn down heat and cook slowly over a very low heat for about ½ hour.  Alternatively, cook in oven 180ºC/350°F/gas mark 4 for the same length of time. The vegetables should be al dente.  If the mixture is too dry, add a little water.

Now add the courgettes as these cook more quickly than the other vegetables.

Season with salt and pepper and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the courgettes are tender.

Brown the almonds and sesame seeds in the oven, microwave or frying pan.

When ready to serve, remove the vegetable tagine from the stove or over and sprinkle the browned almonds and sesame seeds over the top.

Serve either with couscous or rice and hand harissa around separately.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of Cookery School at Little Portland Street

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“Traditionally this is cooked in a tagine which is a Moroccan earthenware casserole, but you can use any oven proof casserole for this dish.”

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