Orange juice and caramel-tasting Hunza apricots enhance a comforting mix of traditional root vegetables. This can be served as a light main course, or a side dish for 4, providing warming nourishment on cold winter days.
To make a spicier vegetarian main course dish, add 2 tsp ground cumin and 1 tsp garam masala to the oil before adding the vegetables. Add a drained can of chickpeas, about 425 g, to the casserole before adding the stock. The chickpeas will add protein. * Onions, cut into wedges, can be used in place of the shallots and canned chopped tomatoes can be used instead of the orange juice. If desired, beef or chicken stock can be used instead of vegetable stock. * Dried apricots can be used instead of Hunza apricots, but will give a sweeter flavour.
Root vegetables are generally good sources of fibre. Carrots also provide vitamin A as beta-carotene, which is essential for night vision and an important antioxidant. * People in Hunza, a region in northern Kashmir, are famous for their long lives – and some have put this down to eating apricots. Whether true or not, dried apricots are a good source of fibre and iron and a useful source of vitamin A.
A, B1, C, potassium * B6, folate, niacin, calcium, copper, iron * B2