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I was first introduced to a squash & chickpea tagine by a friend, who made it for me for dinner one night using a simple but tasty recipe she’d found on BBC Good Food. After she sent me a link to the recipe, I literally made it all the time for ages and ages, before for some inexplicable reason I stopped making it and kind of forgot about it.
Last week I remembered the recipe when I was pondering what to do with the chickpea hoard (seriously – I have three cans-worth in the freezer and one and a half kilos of the dried stuff in the cupboard) and I tried to look it up. Imagine my outrage when I discovered that the BBC’s license for the recipe had expired! This recipe is my attempt to recreate it from memory and I think it’s reasonably close.
The fresh coriander, while not really frugal, totally makes this dish by the way – try and use it if you can. Growing your own is the best way to get fresh herbs cheap, but I’ve never had any luck with coriander for some reason – any tips welcome!
Chickpea and Squash Tagine, serves 4
- 2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
- 2 medium onions, halved, peeled and sliced
- 1 pepper (I used orange), diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 small butternut squash (I used 3/4 of a larger one), peeled and cut into small chunks
- Vegetable stock, to cover
- 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tin chickpeas (I used dried ones I’d cooked from scratch)
- Small handful dried apricots, finely sliced
- Large handful fresh coriander
Heat the oil over a medium heat in a deep-sided frying pan. Add the sliced onions and the pepper and gently fry for a few minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Add the butternut squash and cover with vegetable stock (I used a cube), adding in all the spices. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Add the chickpeas (drained if using canned) and dried apricots and cook for another few minutes, until everything is heated through, adding a little more water if the sauce starts to dry out.
Serve with rice or couscous, garnished with lots of chopped coriander.