If you’ve ever been to a Moroccan restaurant, you know that tagine is a signature dish that’s slow-cooked over a long period of time in a special earthenware container that keeps the food moist and intensifies its flavor.
While this recipe may not be the most traditional, it is inspired by Moroccan tagines, but the recipe takes significantly less time, making it easier and more doable, even on a weeknight.
Here’s the recipe:
Quick & Colorful Vegetable Tagine
3-4 Tbsp. dried goji berries, optional.
1 Tbsp. oil
1 cup millet
½ tsp. cumin seeds
2 ¼ cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
½ tsp. ras el hanout (optional)
½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. black pepper
3 Tbsp. harissa
4 large carrots, chopped small (~3 cups chopped)
1 head broccoli, chopped into bite-size florets (~3 ¼ cups)
2 zucchini, chopped (~2 ¼ cups)
2 cups chickpeas
1 cup of organic vegetable stock
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
FIRST, START THE MILLET COUSCOUS
In a small bowl, soak goji berries in a small amount of water, and set aside.
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add millet and cumin seeds and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until millet is tender, 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed. Drain goji berries, and stir them into the millet.
MEANWHILE, MAKE THE TAGINE
Heat a large saucepan or pot over medium heat.
Add the oil, then sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger for two minutes.
Next, add the spices (except salt), harissa, and carrots. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes before adding the broccoli, zucchini, chickpeas, and vegetable stock. Cover, and cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes.
To serve, spread about 1/2-3/4 cup millet couscous on a plate, and make a well in the middle. Scoop in 1-2 cups of the vegetable tagine. Garnish with generous amount of chopped parsley and mint (and more harissa if you like).
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