Chickpea & Aubergine Tagine



This recipe is a vegetarian twist on my Chicken and Chickpea Tagine recipe, with a mixture of colourful vegetables and delicious almonds and apricots! Let’s get cooking!

Recipe (Serves 4)


  • 1 tbsp of olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • Optional: ½ tsp of sumac (if you have it – I get mine in Tesco!)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bell pepper (whatever colour you like!)
  • 1 medium courgette
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 300ml of water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 big handful of dried apricots
  • 3 tbsp of flaked almonds
  • 1 heaped tbsp of harissa paste (If you don’t have it, the recipe is still delicious!)



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C (fan oven). Line a baking tray with tinfoil, and when the oven is ready, roast the red pepper slices until slightly charred.
  2. Wash and prepare the veggies – the aubergine, pepper and courgette. Slice the courgette into coins (remove the head first!), slice the aubergine into 1-inch chunks (again, remove the head first!), and de-seed the pepper, slicing it into bite-size pieces.
  3. Add a tablespoon of oil to a large pot and set to a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until translucent.
  4. Next, add your spices – turmeric, cinnamon, coriander and cumin (and sumac if you’re using it) – and stir until the onions are coated.
  5. Add the veggies next and stir everything up to get the spices onto the veggies too.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, harissa paste, tomato puree, honey, water and chickpeas. Get that arm action going and stir everything up until combined.
  7. Season with the black pepper and sea salt and bring to the boil. Then turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  8. Now you’re good to go! Tuck in and appreciate the tagine-tastic vibes!

Enjoy guys! Tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook!

Ciara :) x

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