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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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

Loved it!! We did it with fresh tomatoes puréed in a vitamix, instead of using canned, using 8 organic, greenhouse tomatoes. We also threw in 8 garlic cloves into the vitamix, with the tomatoes, so they puréed at the same time. We tripled the spice amounts, and cut the onion down, using only half a yellow onion. Once the tangin simmered 10 minutes, we added the lemon juice and pink himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Instead of couscous, we used quinoa. Spooned the cooked tangin over the cooked, fluffed quinoa and then added the chopped dates and cilantro. Absolutely loved every bite!! Very filling with the quinoa, which is a complete protein. Would highly recommend this version! Thank you Veg Times for all the tasty inspirations!

Michelle - 2013-05-14 05:56:27

I cut the dates in half and omitted the cinnamon. I ate it in a bowl with a dollop of non-fat greek yogurt. Awesome! Will be eating it over salads and with goat cheese in the days to come.

Christina - 2013-03-20 19:56:54

This is delicious! I omitted cilantro, since I'm not a fan of it, but I made everything else exactly the same. In the future, I will probably use fewer dates since the dish ended up just a little too sweet for me and replace with more chickpeas. The taste is very complex with lots of spiciness, tartness, and sweetness in every bite, but so easy to make.

Kelly Corn - 2013-01-23 19:59:48

AMAZING just the way it is!! YUM!

Victoria Loughman - 2013-01-04 05:00:30

Very simple, rather quick, meal. I followed the ingredients entirely except i used Pomi marinara (i won't use canned tomatoes and the store had nothing else in redipak) & had no cilantro for garnish. I added 1/4c chopped dried apricots with the dates. My non-veg husband loved it and asked that I make it regularly! I will search harder for crushed tomatoes for the next time.

Leslie Ganczewski - 2013-01-01 14:29:05

This was amazing! I added frozen spinach, a couple tablespoons of tomato paste, fresh ginger instead of powdered, curry powder instead of coriander, and chicken broth instead of water. I also added the chopped dates right after the tomatoes so that they simmered longer. This was delicious and simple!

Dana - 2012-12-18 04:11:22

Changes I made to this dish: I used half of an onion, 1/4 tsp cumin and one can of chickpeas. The amount of onion for the recipe seemed like a lot so I used half. I'm not a huge fan of cumin its very powerful and can take over all the other flavors so only used 1/4 of the recommended amount. Lastly, one can of tomatoes was not enough juice for two cans of chickpeas so I cut my chickpea amount in half. I cooked this dish for two and had enough for two more meals. I really enjoyed this dish.

reyna - 2012-11-15 03:05:59

First time making a dish like this and I loved it! This dish has a nice sweet and savory combination; the lemon juice elevates the flavor of the tomatoes and spices. Very good dish. Not hard to make and doesn't require a lot of time.

reyna - 2012-11-15 02:56:14