Tantalising Vegan Dishes For Your Tagine
These clay pots can transform your dishes, so here’s a little bit of history, some info on where to get them and a vegan recipe or two to get you started.
What’s a tagine?
A tagine is an earthenware pot that consists of a flat base that is covered by a conical lid. Earthenware pots are used in a multitude of different cultures, but the tagine is unique to North Africa, particularly Morocco. Tagine dates back centuries, recognised widely as being attributed to the Berbers. Tagine means ‘shallow earthen pot’ in Arabic, but is also the name of stews cooked in the pots, as tagine refers to both the food and the pot itself.
What’s special about tagines?
Tagine pots are fantastic to cook things in slowly and for a long time— the result is unique to the cooking method and is difficult to recreate any other way. This is because through its shape, heat rises to the top of the dome where it condenses and falls back down to the food, which means whatever you cook is constantly simmering in its own juices as well as the condensed steam, which keeps food perpetually moist and tender.
Where can I get a tagine?
If you aren’t able to get yourself down to the Moroccan souks anytime soon, tagines are sold by lots of major retailers. Unsurprisingly, they won’t be the most authentic; made suitable for induction and electric hobs, some tagines use metal which is not traditional but still convenient, like this tagine from Le Crueset. If you’re looking for something a bit more down to earth (pun intended), try this one from Etsy.
What can I make with a tagine?
Glad you asked! Tagines are delicious for stewed vegetables, and are a great way of creating beautifully spiced dishes that are sure to wow guests at parties too— just picture yourself at the table taking off the tagine lid to reveal one of these delicious creations.
Fragrant and vibrant, this carrot and chickpea tagine would be beautifully rich in a tagine pot. Left to simmer in a perfect concoction of garlic, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, harissa and apricots, it's sweet, salty and perfectly spiced for a delightful dinner for family or friends.
This tagine is packed with slow-roasted aubergine and is the heavenly blend of spices, sweetness and warmth. In a tagine pot, the aubergine will be tender, juicy and melt-in-the-mouth soft, and what more could you want?
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.