About this recipe: Even meat-eaters will love this flavour-packed vegetable stew. The slightly tart taste of dried cherries combines with sweet, plump raisins in a spicy mixture of chunky vegetables, chickpeas and ginger. Despite the long list of ingredients, the stew is simple to prepare for a hearty family meal.
For an apricot and coriander tagine, replace the cherries and raisins with ready-to-eat dried apricots, use halved French beans instead of the okra, and substitute fresh coriander for the parsley. Add 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander to the tagine at the end of the cooking time as well as scattering some over the finished dish. * Whole new potatoes can replace the carrots. * Red kidney beans can be used as an alternative to the chickpeas, or instead of adding them to the tagine toss them into the couscous for added texture.
Beans and chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, even better when they are eaten with grains such as wheat (couscous) and rice. Canned versions are a convenient way of including them in the diet with the minimum of effort.
A, B1, C, folate, copper * B6, niacin, calcium, iron * B2, E, zinc
I made the apricot and coriander variation and halved all the quantities except the stock (it still produces enough to feed at least four people)! I used dried chickpeas instead of canned. I also added mushrooms and left out the almonds. Also I served with quinoa instead of couscous. - 15 Nov 2011