Tagine with Chickpeas and Dates

  • Plate of Date Tagine
  • Details
  • 1 Comment
  • Related Items
LoadingAdd to favorites

Plate of Date TagineI’ve long coveted those conical earthenware bakers glazed with bright reds and oranges – but have never been able to justify devoting the cupboard space to something I would use maybe once or twice a year.  But not owning a tagine doesn’t stop me from making tagine.  And any recipe involving whole wheat couscous and cilantro get my attention.  This meal comes together lickety-split.  The combination of sweet (dates), tangy (lemon and tomato) and spicy (ginger, cinnamon, et al) makes for a delicious, warming and complex main dish.

Tagine with Chickpeas and Dates
Serves 4-6

1/4 cup vegetable broth
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. fresh ginger, finely minced or microplaned
1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup whole wheat couscous
1 cup pitted dates, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Heat vegetable broth in a saucepan, add onion and cook until starting to brown, adding vegetable broth as needed to prevent onion from sticking.  Stir in the garlic, spices and minced fresh ginger and saute for about 30 seconds.  Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and 1/4 cup water.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the couscous in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes.  Add 1 3/4 cup water and bring to a boil.  Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.  (Drain excess water if necessary.)

Stir the dates and lemon juice into the onion-tomato mixture and season with salt and pepper.  Ladle over the couscous and sprinkle with cilantro.

(This recipe comes from Vegetarian Times.  My only change was to use vegetable broth to saute the onions rather than olive oil.)

Print Friendly
  1. veganelder says:

    Well I’ll swan! I never heard of a tagine, I had to go look up the word…not only great recipes are found here but vocabulary increases too. Thank you. :-)

Fill in the Blank:

Orange Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies An Unrefined Vegan

Orange-Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Oil- and Sugar-free.

Add to favoritesThis is it!  Today is the day…for this recipe to see the light. This post has been knocking around my Draft folder for months and it’s high time I moved it into the Published list. …

Print Friendly

One From The Archives: Double Chocolate Snack Cake

Add to favoritesIt all started when Rachel at Rachel in Veganland suggested I celebrate my one year vegan-versary by baking (and I’m assuming she also meant eating) a chocolate cake.  What a great idea!  Not …

Print Friendly
Coconut Curry Wraps An Unrefined Vegan

Coconut Curry Lettuce Wraps

Add to favoritesPlant-based lunch options are few and far between in Amarillo, Texas on Sundays.  Which is why during a recent road trip we opted to go to a Natural Grocers in search of munchies.  Along …

Print Friendly

7 Days of Salad. Day 1: Yellow Rice & Black Bean

Add to favorites Amazing things can happen overnight.  Before I kick off Day One of 7 Days of Salad, I want to thank Anne Sture Tucker (Happy Health) for passing along a Liebster Award to …

Print Friendly

Yeasted Buckwheat Waffles with Cranberry-Date-Apricot Sauce

Add to favoritesIf there were an award for Best Aroma While Cooking in the breakfast food category, this is the waffle that would take home that prize.  The ingredient list includes yeast which gives the …

Print Friendly
%d bloggers like this: