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Wed 22 May, 2013
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Healthy Eating - Harissa chicken with black & white rice Serves 4

Harissa is a North African hot red sauce or paste made from chili peppers (often smoked or dried) and garlic, often with coriander and caraway or cumin and served with olive oil.


Vegetable and chickpea tagine

Serves: 5
Preparation time: 15minutes
Cooking time: 25minutes

Ingredients
2 medium Onions, finely chopped; 1 tbsp Vegetable oil; 2 cloves Garlic, crushed; 1.5 tsp Ground cumin; 1.5 tsp Ground coriander; 1.5 tsp Ground cinnamon; 1 tsp Paprika; 0.5 tsp Chilli flakes; 1 tbsp Tomato puree; 1 tin/ 400g Tinned tomatoes; 1 medium chopped Butternut squash; 0.5 tsp peeled and cubed Saffron or Turmeric; 250ml Vegetable stock, low salt if possible; 200g Dried apricots, roughly chopped; 200g Cauliflower florets; 500g Cooked chickpeas (1 tin typically 400g); 1 bunch fresh coriander; 250g Rice
Method

1. Prepare your vegetable stock and add saffron/turmeric.

2. Fry the onions in the vegetable oil until lightly golden, around 8 minutes.

Add the garlic and remaining spices and cook for a further 2 minutes.

3. Add the tomato puree, tomatoes and butternut squash. Add the stock, this should just cover the squash so add more or less as necessary. Simmer on a gentle heat for 5 minutes.

4. Add the apricots, cauliflower and chickpeas then cook for a further 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the chopped coriander.

Accompaniment : Rice

Cook the rice according to packet instructions.
Serving suggestions

- Serve in large foils.

- You want enough liquid remaining in the tagine to moisten the rice but not drown it. The speed at which the sauce reduces will depend on the size of pan and hob heat. Keep an eye on the consistency as it is cooking and adjust the heat to reduce the sauce if necessary. If the sauce is too thick just add more stock.

- Tumeric is much cheaper than saffron!

 

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