nutritional information

Per Serving (1 cup stew and 1/2 cup couscous):

  • Calories: 400
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 81 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 378 mg
  • Fiber: 15 g
  • Sugar: 29 g

Chickpea and Date Tagine

Chickpea and Date Tagine

Serves 8

North African tagines often combine sweet and savory foods to play off the spices used to season them.
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 cup pitted dates, halved
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 10 minutes, or until starting to brown, stirring often. Stir in garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cinnamon, and sauté 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, and 1/4 cup water; simmer 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, toast couscous in small saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Add 1 3/4 cups water, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes.

3. Stir dates and lemon juice into tagine, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve over couscous, sprinkled with cilantro.

December 2011 p.55

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I've made this twice & love it. The second time I didn't have dates, so used raisins & served it over brown rice. It also freezes very well too. Thanks for the great recioe!

Laureen - 2016-03-15 01:27:50

Anyone know where I can purchase a tagine I have been searching for months. I live in southwestern Ontario

Wanda - 2015-03-12 22:45:58

This is one of my favorite recipes. Make it all the time.

Liza - 2015-01-28 23:40:46

I thought this dish was wonderful! I added lemon juice to taste. Then I finished the dish with kosher salt, fresh cilantro and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. I decided to use crushed tomatoes with green chilies to add a little kick.

Heather - 2015-01-23 19:00:38

The lemon juice totally overwhelmed everything. We really couldn't taste anything else.

Jenny - 2014-11-19 09:00:58


Aaron - 2014-06-21 17:15:16

Very interesting. It's hard to brake down recipes for just one (the very lonely #)

Paula - 2014-06-20 14:17:49

Ainda nao provei. Tem tudo pra ser delicioso!

Miriam Zonenschein - 2014-03-13 05:00:56

Looks good, but why no harissa?

Gila Golder - 2014-03-11 20:38:29

made this using finely diced FRESH ginger and doubling the ginger. it WOWED everyone at the party.

westsidegal310 - 2014-01-02 09:50:34

I totally agree with the comment below about it not being enough for 8 - barely enough for 4 so make lots. It freezes well anyway if you can resist finishing it up the next day.

Rachel - 2014-01-02 04:41:46

To Erin Owen, there is a space between the one and the three. That is, you add one and 3/4 cups of water -- not 13/4.

Diane - 2013-10-01 16:19:49

A wonderful recipe! Instead of using olive oil, the onions can be 'sauteed' in a little vegetable broth or water.

rita foster - 2013-08-09 08:41:58

This is delicious and gets rave reviews, even from carnivores.

Rachel - 2013-07-04 10:54:25