Smoky aubergine tagine with lemon & apricots

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Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:20 mins
  • Cook:1 hr
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

A fragrant tagine is perfect for summer entertaining, lighter than stew but just as satisfying with meaty aubergines and aromatic spices

Nutrient Unit
kcal 270
fat 11g
saturates 2g
carbs 29g
sugars 26g
fibre 12g
protein 8g
salt 0.3g


  • 2 aubergines , cut into large chunks
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions , chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp ras el hanout
  • 1 ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • good pinch of saffron
  • 300ml hot vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 preserved lemons , rind of both sliced, pulp from the centre of 1 roughly chopped
  • 120g dried apricots , halved
  • 200g tomatoes , roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • zest 1 lemon , juice 0.5
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint
  • Greek yogurt , to serve (optional)
  • wholemeal bulghar wheat , to serve (optional)
Ginger chicken & green bean noodles


  • STEP 1

Brown the aubergines in 2 tbsp of the oil so they’re golden on all sides, but not soft in the middle yet – this is best done in batches in a large, non-stick frying pan.

  • STEP 2

Heat a heavy-based shallow lidded pan or flameproof tagine with the remaining oil, then add the onions, ginger and spices, and fry gently until softened and golden.

  • STEP 3
Sweetcorn fritters with chipotle cod

Meanwhile, add the saffron to the stock to soak. Stir the preserved lemon rind and pulp, apricots, tomatoes, honey and lemon juice into the onions with the saffron stock. Snugly fit the aubergines in, cover with a lid and simmer for 30 mins until the aubergines are tender. Season to taste.

  • STEP 4
Ricotta, broccoli, & new potato frittata

Mix together the lemon zest, sesame seeds and chopped herbs, and sprinkle over the tagine. Serve with Greek yogurt and wholemeal bulghar wheat, if you like.

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