Moroccan vegetable tagine with coucous and harissa sauce

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 \N Onions, Sliced
1 tablespoon Garlic, Minced
3 tablespoons Canola Oil
½ teaspoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Harissa-Available At Specialty Markets
½ teaspoon Saffron
2 tablespoons Cumin Seed
¼ ounce Cinnamon Stick
1 \N Bay Leaf
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
8 cups Water Or Vegetable Stock
1½ pounds Canned Whole Tomatoes, Squeezed
1 pounds Carrots, Peeled, In Large Pieces
½ pounds Turnips Or Celery, In Large Pieces
½ pounds Parsnips, Yams Or Zucchini, In Large Pieces
½ pounds Leeks, In Large Pieces
½ pounds Eggplant, In 1\" Cubes
2 \N Peppers, In Large Triangles
1 cup Chickpeas, Cooked
½ cup Raisins, Optional
2 ounces Spinach Or Chard
1 teaspoon Raz El Hanouf-Available At Specialty, Markets
1 bunch Cilantro, Chopped, Reserve 4 Sprigs For Garnish
\N \N Juice Of 1 Lemon, Optional
3 cups Couscous, Cooked
1 tablespoon Mint-Chopped, Optional
1 cup Tagine Liquid
2 tablespoons Harissa
¾ cup Cooked Carrots From Tagine


Saute onions and garlic in oil with the sugar to caramelize. Add harissa, saffron, cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt and pepper and stir just until fragrant. Add water, tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Add the hearty vegetables first--carrots, turnips, parsnips or yams, leeks--cook for 10 minutes. Add eggplant and peppers cook for another 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas, raisins, spinach, raz el hanouf and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add the chopped cilantro and optional lemon juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It should be sweet and spicy. Toss the cooked couscous with the mint.

For the sauce. Put the liquid, Harissa and carrots into a blender. Puree until smooth.

Serve in four large soup bowls. Use a custard cup to make a mold of couscous in the middle of the bowl. Ladle the vegetables around the couscous. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a dollop of Harissa sauce or serve the Harissa sauce in a small bowl on the side.

Recipe by: Chef du Jour-Nora Poullion-DJ9200 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #584 by Sue <suechef@...> on Apr 22, 1997

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