Chickpea & Squash Tagine

It might take some time to put on the table, but most of it is spent leaving this simple tagine to simmer on the stove. As for the effort, it couldn't be easier. Simply add all the ingredients to a pan, cover with water and leave to cook.
Serves 4
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 red onions, thinly sliced
½ tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of ground ginger
1 tsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of sweet paprika
½ tsp of ground cumin
2 bay leaves
½ a butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small chunks
2 × 400g tins of chickpeas (not drained)
1 x 400g tin of plum tomatoes
50g of dried apricots, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
Couscous or rice
Chopped coriander (optional)
Step 1

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and sweat gently for 10–15 minutes until turning translucent and tinged golden.

Step 2

At this point, add all the spices and bay leaves to the onion mixture. Cook for a minute, then add the squash. Toss it in the spices to coat, tip in the chickpeas (along with their liquid), tomatoes and apricots. Top up the pan with enough water to just cover the vegetables, then season. Bring to the boil, then simmer over a low heat for 55–65 minutes until the sauce has thickened a little and the vegetables are tender. Give it a stir now and then to check nothing is sticking and that it hasn’t dried out. When serving, carefully remove the bay leaves.

Step 3

Serve on piles of couscous or rice with a sprinkling of chopped coriander, if you like.

Take One Tin by Lola Milne is published by Kyle Books, £14.99

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