Vegetable Tagine

"the perfect vegetarian dish! serve with couscous."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • In a medium or large saucepan over medium heat, warm the butter or oil.
  • Add the onions and chilies and cook until the onions begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the paprika, cayenne and cumin and continue to sauté until the onions are tender and fragrant, a few minutes longer.
  • Add the lentils, tomatoes, tomato puree and water just to cover.
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas, carrots, green beans, zucchini, and green peas.
  • Simmer until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes more.
  • Note: this recipe can be prepared in advance up to this point.
  • Allow to cool, refrigerate and serve within a couple of days.
  • Add the parsley and zaatar during the last five minute of cooking.
  • Season to taste.
  • Transfer to a warm serving dish and serve immediately.

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  1. aronsinvest
    A very nice recipe. Makes a lot of food. Served on a bed of quinoa. I added extra spice.
  2. Dominick and Amanda
    This was very delicious. A nice, healthy dinner with a lot of protein! I followed the recipe pretty closely and we both enjoyed it.
  3. Kathy228
    This was very, very good. I made it in my tagine cooker and it was so easy. Cooking time was a bit longer than posted. I was afraid the veggies would be mushy, but they were not. They were still a bit crisp, just perfect. I didn't have za'atar spice, but I found a recipe for the mix and made my own. I just happened to have ground sumac in my spice cupboard. What a great spice for this tagine! I made no changes. It didn't need any.
  4. dimensionally trans
    I really liked this and will make it again. It was easy to do and the fact that most of it can be made ahead is a godsend. The only criticism is that there was not enough of a kick to it. I felt there could have been a bit more depth to the flavour. This is all a matter of taste though and I am sure next time I will simply add some more flavours - maybe cardamon, more paprika and zatar spice mix. Generally though - very good!
  5. Um Safia
    My family & I really loved this - I made it for the Tagine Treasure Hunt. I followed the recipe but totally forgot about the carrots until the end (aargh!) We ate it with pulau rice as we've eaten a ton of couscous already this week lol! Thanks Chia for an excellent veggie tagine :)


  1. Roosie
    Well, first off, I think this makes more like 6-8 servings...and secondly, I'm glad it does! It's delicious! I modified the recipe somewhat, based on what I had on-hand. I used only 1 onion, used a chopped red bell pepper instead of the fresh chile peppers (the cayenne I have is quite hot, but I do think the fresh chiles would be a nice addition) and left off the zucchini. I didn't have any tomato puree- I just used canned tomatoes and their juice, and felt that worked just fine. I also used only 3/4 cup lentils and about 1.5 cups chickpeas. I've never made a tagine before, or any Morrocan food for that matter- and we loved it. Spiced but not too spicy- we did enjoy this with a small dollop of sour cream. Phenomenal amounts of delicious vegetables, paired with enough pulses to supply enough protein to make this an excellent choice for a vegetarian main. We paired this with Spiced Couscous #60838, which went together very well. I love that this is much quicker and easier to put together than you might think. I think I may save this in my "Last Minute Meals" folder, because it really is quite quick and most of the ingredients are usually on-hand. Chock full of wonderful fresh veggie flavor- I used frozen green beans and peas and its so nice to have so much fresh veggie flavor in the dead of winter! Just really terrific. A real keeper. Thank you!
  2. Sharon123
    chia, this is a lovely dish! I made a few small changes. I halved the recipe for 1 person. I still will have enough for 3 meals.I left out the green beans, used tomato sauce instead of puree(forgot to get it). So I used a tad more of the sauce to give it more of that tomatoey flavor. I also used just a few slices of jalapeno instead of the small peppers. This was great! Thanks Sandy!


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