Sweet potato, date & aubergine tagine

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutesto 35 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutesto 50 minutes 50 minutes
  • Serves:4


    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 aubergines, about 500g, cut into 2cm dice
    3 red onions, chopped
    1 tbsp vegan or vegetable bouillon powder
    700g sweet potatoes, cut into 2cm dice
    75g dates, roughly chopped
    1 tbsp ras el hanout spice
    400g can essential Waitrose Chick Peas In Water, drained
    ½ x 28g pack coriander, chopped
    2 tsp white wine vinegar


    1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a non-stick frying pan and gently fry the aubergines for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until starting to brown. Reserve 1 tbsp of the onions and add the remaining onions and oil to the pan. Fry for a further 5 minutes.

    2. Put the bouillon powder in a large jug and add 700ml boiling water. Pour all but 100ml into the pan and add the sweet potatoes, dates and ras el hanout. Cover and cook gently for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are very tender, stirring frequently.

    3. Blend the chick peas in a food processor with the reserved stock and onion until smooth. Season to taste and spoon into a serving dish. Stir the coriander and vinegar into the tagine, and cook for a further 2 minutes. Serve in bowls topped with the chick pea purée.

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